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 For a movement dedicated to shocking the masses and jabbing a safety pin into social pretensions, punk also had a moral streak. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 30 May 2022 Decorated with silver sequins, the backless dress features a criss-cross neckline, a large tear at the midsection held together at the top by an oversized safety pin, and a thigh-high slit. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 May 2022 Then there was the Volition Repeater, invented in 1847 by Walter Hunt, the creator of the household safety pin. Mark Yost, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The company said it’s the first to sell these kinds of chips to willing customers, unleashing its biopolymer technology about the size of a small safety pin on the world last year. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The baggie was attached to the lower zipper, between his pants and underwear, with a safety pin. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2022 The star teamed the look with matching green heels and safety pin earrings. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Jan. 2022 This ribbed cutout tank from Dolls Kill is a unique take on the safety pin trend. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 12 Jan. 2022 Use a safety pin to help guide the elastic through. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of safety pin

1847, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

10 Jun 2022

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“Safety pin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of safety pin for Spanish Speakers


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