One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A U-shaped pin for fastening the hair.
- ‘She pulls the hairpins free and lets her hair fall.’
- ‘I went over to the mirror, grabbed a few hairpins, and proceeded to wrestle my hair into a recognizable state.’
- ‘Spark some interest with an ornate hairpin, barrette or ponytail holder like these 24k gold-dipped pieces.’
- ‘She took a hairpin out of ponytail and pried off a tile on the wall with it, revealing a small code pad.’
- ‘One of the women was carrying in drastically colorful clothes, while the other a box of hairbrush with some hairpins.’
- ‘Vivian was a person whom matched her status - her sparkly brown hair was awash with blue star-shaped hairpins and her deep, black eyes were rimmed by a purple coloring that sparkled like stars when light reflected off it.’
- ‘There are also heroines who arrive on stage without any hairpins at all (the hair is down).’
- ‘I pulled two hairpins from my thick hair as it fell down, still tied back by a black ribbon.’
- ‘‘Could you- ‘she started to say but I was already reaching out and pulling the hairpins out of her hair.’
- ‘At the door, Laura pulls a hairpin out of her hair and sticks it into the lock.’
- ‘When they had all left, I took a hairpin out of my hair and fiddled with the lock.’
- ‘Visibly shaken, perhaps by the overt sexual connotations of the kiss, Viola appears in the next shot with her apparel in disarray: Her blouse hangs loosely, and strands of her hair have slipped free of their binding hairpins.’
- ‘When she returned, she pulled a hairpin out of her hair.’
- ‘Women can't use hairpins to keep their hair together; it's too painful.’
- ‘This is a holiday hairstyle where decorative hairpins are a must!’
- ‘They had several hairpins in their hair, inconspicuous objects, which they would use to pick the easier locks.’
- ‘This will sound very odd, but could you tell me… is there any other way than hairpins that a lady might put her hair up?’
- ‘When she first met her future husband in 1962 they'd drive round the countryside in his low-slung Mini Cooper, ‘which used to judder the hairpins out of my hair, causing my lacquered beehive to collapse’.’
- ‘Girls would not be allowed to coil up their hair with hairpins unless they were married; if she did so her husband and parents-in-law would look down upon her because she hadn't followed the rules for women's behavior.’
- ‘She has short hair with bangs and a black hairpin always tucking her hair on the left.’
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