safety pin


Definition of safety pin 

: a pin in the form of a clasp with a guard covering its point when fastened

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Tie strings together in a knot and safety pin (or tape) to a pillow or the knee of your pants. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 15 Nov. 2017 Models hit the runway in Axl Rose bandanas, biker shorts, leather jackets, safety pin designs, Hawaiian leis, and even Wang's take on football jerseys. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander Wang's "Immigrant Americana" Runway Included Bandanas, Biker Gear, and Childish Gambino," 4 June 2018 And my girlfriend made me this dope jacket for my birthday with safety pins on it and a skull in the back with some crazy eyes and cheetah print lining on the inside. Jamie Lisanti,, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Little does this Madelaine know that in 2 and a half hours @lilireinhart would be safety pinning the bottom half of her dress so her butt doesn't become exposed to the world. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Madelaine Petsch Almost Had a Wardrobe Malfunction at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards," 19 June 2018 Chicago's Bad Sons play fast, melodic street rock that's as classic as a biker jacket bristling with safety pins. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago band Diagonal do mid-90s shoegaze so well they might have a time machine," 26 June 2018 So if a safety pin through the nose and monarchy-bashing tunes played by non-musicians was the hip thing, there'd be nothing quite so controversial for the Menudo boys. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Are you ready for a new generation of Menudo?," 13 June 2018 But upon closer inspection, Asian references were used throughout: leather jackets with frog clasps and Mandarin collars, rhinestone Chinese takeout bags, face masks covered in safety pins. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Alexander Wang Starts Over," 4 June 2018 Robert Walker pulls up a practice mine after safely pinning it with a safety pin during a drill at Guantánamo on March 18, 1999. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Guantánamo ‘minesweepers’ perform a delicate task: Deadly devices disabled one by one | Miami Herald," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of safety pin

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of safety pin was in 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of safety pin

: a metal pin that is used for attaching things and that has a point at one end and a cover at the other into which the pointed end fits

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Kids Definition of safety pin

: a pin that is bent back to form a spring and has a guard that covers the point

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to reject or criticize sharply

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