security blanket


: a blanket carried by a child as a protection against anxiety
: a usually familiar object whose presence dispels anxiety

Examples of security blanket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyond the practical appeal, these pieces can also act as a kind of security blanket, providing you with an extra layer of comfort akin to the warm embrace of a lover. Talia Abbas, Vogue, 1 Jan. 2024 Andrews, who has long been a security blanket for Ravens quarterback and presumptive NFL Most Valuable Player Award winner Lamar Jackson, led the team in catches and receiving yards in each of the previous four seasons after being drafted alongside Jackson in 2018. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 12 Jan. 2024 Tight end Colston Loveland, McCarthy’s security blanket, will be back. J. Brady McCollough, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 With all-pro wide receiver Cooper Kupp injured to star the year, Nacua has become quarterback Matthew Stafford’s security blanket. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 The dynamic slot receiver is Daniel Jones’ security blanket, as well as an extension of the run game with Saquon Barkley out. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 This new program is one small layer that can help consumers be safer, but it shouldn’t be looked at as the ultimate security blanket. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 23 July 2023 Without Kupp — his security blanket — Stafford spread the ball to young receivers, passed for 334 yards and did not commit a turnover. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Sneaky posts can also be something of a security blanket. Angela Yang, NBC News, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of security blanket was in 1954

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“Security blanket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

security blanket

: a blanket carried by a child as a protection against anxiety

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