security blanket


Definition of security blanket

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

Examples of security blanket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or, heck, make a deal for someone like Brady's old security blanket, James White, while cobbling together a capable rotation. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Todd Gurley isn't the answer for Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers," 19 Mar. 2020 The idea was to use a familiar object with sentimental associations (a photograph, heirloom, etc.) to serve as a kind of psychic security blanket. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 During his first two seasons under McVay, Goff thrived with Gurley serving as his do-everything security blanket. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Rams' retool continues with Brandin Cooks trade, Los Angeles could be in line for regression," 11 Apr. 2020 Another option is a compression shirt, like the Thundershirt, which gives the animal a snug feeling of being wrapped in a security blanket, says Dr. Ochoa. Hannah Harper,, "Have a Stressed Out Pet? Here Are 4 Ways to Help," 15 Apr. 2020 Alabama’s receiving corps is the best security blanket a new quarterback can ask for, but just how much does the Tide coaching staff trust Jones to throw the ball? C.j. Doon,, "Can Wisconsin bounce back? Will Auburn hang with LSU? Most intriguing college football questions for Week 9," 25 Oct. 2019 Ebron would be a nice security blanket for a rookie quarterback. Tyler Dragon,, "Here are the offensive free agents the Cincinnati Bengals should target," 17 Mar. 2020 Still, stowing a quart of velvety Royal Coronas or chickpeas or pintos in the fridge on a Sunday night feels like a kind of emotional security blanket for the week ahead, ready for an emergency lunch plan or 2 a.m. snack. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "A Giant Pancake, Vietnamese Soup, and More From Christina Chaey's Kitchen," 1 Mar. 2020 Austen’s happy endings are a security blanket for many of her fans. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Jane Austen fans expect a happy ending. Masterpiece’s ‘Sanditon’ tested their limits.," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of security blanket

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 May 2020

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“Security blanket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of security blanket

: a blanket that is carried by a child because it makes the child feel safe

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Medical Definition of security blanket

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

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