Definition of safety pin in English:

safety pin

noun

  • A pin with a point that is bent back to the head and is held in a guard when closed.

    • ‘Beneath the overalls I wore dungarees, a working shirt and a hand-knitted pullover and then an ordinary jacket with a big safety pin to fasten the lapels.’
    • ‘When Avril sticks a safety pin through her ear, pogo-dances all night and throws up seven beers and a handful of uppers in the gutter outside the club, then she's got a down payment on punk.’
    • ‘For the 2000 Convention in Minneapolis, the staff obviously heard my 1993 pleas and switched from the ‘open’ pin to the safety pin.’
    • ‘The tails were pinned on, so if we stepped on them the safety pin would pop open and poke you in the butt.’
    • ‘His empty left trouser leg was folded up and fastened with a large safety pin to his belt.’
    • ‘Firstly, some punk graphic clichés, such as the safety pin or the swastika, were pretty much redundant by this stage when it comes to artwork on record sleeves and fanzines.’
    • ‘The safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt of New York - he made it in only three hours and later sold the rights for 400 to pay debts.’
    • ‘Along with a nose ring and a pierced tongue, Danya sports a purple safety pin in her right eyebrow - a piercing she did with the help of her boyfriend at home.’
    • ‘One girl used a safety pin to keep her attackers at bay.’
    • ‘Then, a small, colored tag is affixed to each piece of clothing with a safety pin or staple, and this tag remains attached to the clothing during the entire dry-cleaning cycle.’
    • ‘‘He used to hold a block of ice to your ear until it was numb, then pierce it with a sterilised safety pin,’ Tim recalls.’
    • ‘One day last week, I was a model for a theatre make-up student who gave me a black eye, a bullet hole in my head, and a safety pin through the top my hand.’
    • ‘Picasso was 54 years old, dressed in an old suit, baggy trousers, beret and long scarf, his keys fastened to his belt and his money fastened inside his jacket pocket with a safety pin.’
    • ‘Stopped at a security check at the San Francisco airport by three fatigues-wearing guards concerned about a safety pin she was wearing on her sweater, Doyle was delayed for a while.’
    • ‘My number 56 was stapled to my t-shirt since there was not a safety pin to be found in our house.’
    • ‘Mostly Rae scratched the artwork onto stencils with a safety pin: hilariously inept drawings of pigs wearing cowboy guns and police hats and Nazi insignia.’
    • ‘He's slumped on the sofa, the lithe body swamped by a shapeless and shabby burgundy cardigan held together with a giant safety pin.’
    • ‘The police investigation into reports of a man entering three residences in Niverville on Sept. 19 reveals the man was merely looking for a safety pin to repair his pants.’
    • ‘I would get people coming in wanting to buy everything from a turkey to a safety pin.’
    • ‘I got out the rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointment, band aids and a safety pin.’
    tack, nail, staple, skewer, spike, brad, fastener
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Pronunciation

safety pin