security blanket

noun

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

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Townshend’s security blanket, an electric blood transfusion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: The Who’s generation turned out at stadium 30 years ago," 23 Aug. 2019 Safeties The favorites: Following the season-ending injury to junior Davonte Robinson, the security blanket at safety that UK coaches expected to enter the season with has disappeared. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Where things stand with Kentucky football's preseason position battles," 2 Aug. 2019 Book also hunkered down in the film room with quarterbacks coach Tom Rees and offensive coordinator Chip Long and threw thousands of passes on the practice field to a youthful receiving corps that no longer includes security blanket Miles Boykin. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Weekend with the Mannings could push Notre Dame's Ian Book to the next level," 6 Aug. 2019 But for a certain individual out on the fringes, a man who feels threatened and whose fear has been stoked, reaching for the boom-boom stick may be like reaching for the security blanket. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Why some white men go ‘bang’," 5 Aug. 2019 The leaders, arriving steadily throughout the day under heavy monsoon rains, were well insulated from such protests by the security blanketing Osaka, a business center of 2.7 million in western Japan. Washington Post, "Trade, climate change, Iran focus as G-20 leaders meet," 27 June 2019 Robinson also served as an assistant coach and security blanket for new head coach Craig Berube for a month after the Blues made an abrupt switch 20 games into the season. Tom Hoffarth, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Dave Taylor finally gets name on Cup, but he’s no Larry Robinson," 14 June 2019 Three years ago, shortly before Trump was elected, British voters opted to leave the European Union, a powerful economic partnership that has reinforced the security blanket of NATO. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump the nationalist celebrates D-Day's triumph of internationalism," 5 June 2019 But while the appeal of a lighter, brighter wardrobe is undeniable, those of us still cowering under the security blanket of sheer sleeve, lightweight cardigans, or ankle-grazing skirts may feel a few fleeting pangs of sartorial separation anxiety. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Where To Get The Best Spray Tan From Coast to Coast," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of security blanket

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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security blanket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of security blanket

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

security blanket

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Medical Definition of security blanket

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

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