safety pin


Definition of safety pin

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

Examples of safety pin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike other garments whose looseness can be remedied by a belt or safety pin, a shoe is less forgiving. Los Angeles Times, "He was seeking custom-made boots. The journey led to a life deeply touched by love and death and leather," 22 Oct. 2019 Some wore patent-leather loafers that looked like what Pilgrim clowns might wear, with huge aluminum safety pins in place of buckles. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Sterling Ruby’s Mixed Media," 2 Sep. 2019 One social media user suggested pricking the offender's hands with a safety pin, while others pointed out that this could be a crime in itself. Amy Woodyatt And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Invisible-ink stamps to identify gropers on Japanese public transport sell out in minutes," 28 Aug. 2019 The debut collection kicks off with rings and earrings, featuring styles ranging from streamlined hoop silhouettes to fun heart-shape studs to safety pin designs and initial pieces. Brittany Talarico,, "BaubleBar Launches Fine Jewelry Line Starting at $55: Shop It Now!," 14 Aug. 2019 Small details are scattered throughout the collection including a tiny reflective logo and a safety pin instead of a button, creating more interesting pieces than your typical everyday staples. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is the Face of Ksubi’s New Fall 2019 Campaign," 17 July 2019 There are jackets meant to be worn on the back of a motorcycle, thrift store finds covered in safety pins for mosh pit–loving punks, and last but not least, sharp leather blazers in red and camel tones for business men and women. Vogue, "No Mo Moto: This Is the Black Leather Jacket You Need Now," 6 Apr. 2019 Use safety pins to attach the tail to the back of her clothes. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Easy DIY Cat Costume Ideas to Try This Halloween," 30 July 2019 Elizabeth’s dress is legendary to this day thanks to the risqué design featuring a plunging neckline, thigh-high slit and side cutouts held together by giant safety pins. Colleen Kratofil,, "Elizabeth Hurley's Son Damian Recreates Her Iconic Versace Safety Pin Outfit on Red Carpet," 25 July 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Safety pin.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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