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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For his Met Gala look, James Charles flaunted his nipples in a see-through top made of safety pins paired with black satin Alexander Wang pants. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "People Are Really Pissed At This Comment James Charles Made About His Met Gala Appearance," 8 May 2019 Elsewhere, punk accoutrements like safety pins and dog collars spiked the season with some broody, dark romance. Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Jewelry Trends of the Fall 2019 Season," 15 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, Vittoria Ceretti was by the clothing racks fawning over her look for the show: a reinterpretation of Gianni’s famous black safety pin dress from the ’90s. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Watch What Happened Behind the Scenes at Versace’s Mega Pre-Fall 2019 Show in New York," 6 Dec. 2018 It was slit to her upper thigh, and—most memorably—held together by large gold safety pins. Harper's BAZAAR, "Elizabeth Hurley on the Versace Pin Dress That Changed Everything," 25 Mar. 2019 Donatella Versace recreated looks from her brother Gianni’s Spring 1994 safety pin collection in her Pre-Fall 2019. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Baguette-Hungry Crowd Celebrated Fendi’s Famous Bag," 8 Feb. 2019 The lesson of the safety pins is that what is considered valuable to a culture may not be obvious to the archaeologist. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 Picture a web of black straps and safety pins; oversize sunglasses from their Off-White campaign; and shades of orange and magenta slashed across their eyelids. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This DJ Sister Act Is the Only Beauty Inspiration You Need This Summer," 12 July 2018 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," 12 Sep. 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 mark by some ceremony or observation

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