Definition of security blanket in English:

security blanket


  • 1A familiar blanket or other piece of soft fabric held by a young child as a source of comfort.

    ‘my daughter's three and a half and she's had a security blanket since she was a year old’
    • ‘I went and got Paws, my security-bear (I never really had a security blanket, I had Paws).’
    • ‘My security blanket was a pair of jeans with a Smurf on the back pocket that I wore until they were capris, much to my sister's eternal amusement.’
    • ‘The group joined Project Linus, a scheme inspired by the Peanuts character who would not be seen without his security blanket.’
    • ‘Phoebe's favourite character was a Tweenie doll called Fizz who went everywhere with her along with her little piece of flannelette security blanket.’
    • ‘I made beds, curtains, blankets, washcloths, bath toys, wall decals, lamps, rugs, hampers, stuffed animals, security blankets and night lights.’
    • ‘A good baby blanket not only helps a newborn feel secure while swaddled, but also can serve as a security blanket for years to come.’
    • ‘Children love them and parents hate them: the security blanket.’
    • ‘Behavioral changes include sexual acting out, aggression, problems in school, regression (e.g., return to thumb sucking, use of a security blanket), sleep disturbances, depression and eating disturbances.’
    • ‘The truth is, we never really forget the feeling of comfort that old security blanket gave us against our fears, real and imagined.’
    • ‘Richard H. Passman, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, initially set out to determine whether children with secure attachments to their mothers were more or less likely to have a security blanket.’
    • ‘They seem to act as a form of comfort - like a grown-up equivalent of a teddy bear or security blanket.’
    • ‘Make lists of items and games they want to take along (do not underestimate these items; they are the equivalent of a younger child's security blanket!).’
    • ‘She had a toy rabbit, a security blanket, and her own crib, although she slept at night with her human foster parents.’
    • ‘Named after the famous Peanuts cartoon strip character, Linus, who was never without his security blanket, the project donates quilts to causes including hospices and womens' refuges.’
    1. 1.1 Something that provides reassurance, support, or a sense of security.
      ‘investors no longer see gold as a security blanket’
      • ‘Music is my security blanket.’
      • ‘He might not love her but you have to admit she was his security blanket.’
      • ‘Her money acted as a security blanket for her.’
      • ‘At their most basic, convertibles provide a sort of security blanket for investors wishing to participate in the growth of a particular company they're unsure of.’
      • ‘In the end a coach is more a security blanket, someone to turn to in times of crisis.’
      • ‘The backup is more of a security blanket.’
      • ‘His grief focused his energies on the band, which he was later to describe as his security blanket, and out of necessity, friendships were relegated.’
      • ‘Addictions are hard to let go of because, over time, they sort of act as security blankets, and it's difficult to remember what life was like without them.’
      • ‘The past has always been a security blanket for Celtic fans.’
      • ‘For most businesses, warehouses full of stuff are a kind of security blanket.’
      • ‘Now cash is one of the few security blankets for wary CFOs.’
      • ‘Whatever the choice, having a stand-by system in place is a nice security blanket that more than pays for itself when the power goes down.’
      • ‘The past always has been a security blanket for Bostonians.’
      • ‘Not having the phone can create a lot of anxiety, so the phone today has become our security blanket.’
      • ‘Just as an added security blanket, you may want to archive your personal, precious stuff to a recordable DVD disc periodically.’
      • ‘Cash has become a corporate security blanket, something executives cling to in frightening times.’
      • ‘This guy uses his hair as a security blanket, hiding behind it when things aren't going his way.’
  • 2British A set of security measures or sanctions, typically imposed in order to maintain complete secrecy about something.

    ‘the size of the Regular Army is under a security blanket’
    • ‘This weekend, the capital is under a tight security blanket.’
    • ‘At Heathrow where there was a tight security blanket on information it was learnt that the crew were staying at the Europa Hotel.’
    • ‘Despite the intense security blanket, a little has leaked out about the fate of the four survivors.’
    • ‘A night-time security blanket could be thrown around the city.’
    • ‘Details of the recovery operation are still subject to a security blanket so there are different accounts of what ensued.’
    • ‘The investigative team used the national security blanket to keep everything under wraps.’
    • ‘Interest in fusion as a source of energy was stifled in the 1940s and early 1950s by the security blanket on all nuclear work.’


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