Definition of hairpin in US English:



  • 1A U-shaped pin for fastening the hair.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘They had several hairpins in their hair, inconspicuous objects, which they would use to pick the easier locks.’
    • ‘She has short hair with bangs and a black hairpin always tucking her hair on the left.’
    • ‘This is a holiday hairstyle where decorative hairpins are a must!’
    • ‘Women can't use hairpins to keep their hair together; it's too painful.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘When she returned, she pulled a hairpin out of her hair.’
    • ‘‘Could you- ‘she started to say but I was already reaching out and pulling the hairpins out of her hair.’
    • ‘There are also heroines who arrive on stage without any hairpins at all (the hair is down).’
    • ‘She took a hairpin out of ponytail and pried off a tile on the wall with it, revealing a small code pad.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they had all left, I took a hairpin out of my hair and fiddled with the lock.’
    • ‘Spark some interest with an ornate hairpin, barrette or ponytail holder like these 24k gold-dipped pieces.’
    • ‘At the door, Laura pulls a hairpin out of her hair and sticks it into the lock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I pulled two hairpins from my thick hair as it fell down, still tied back by a black ribbon.’
    • ‘One of the women was carrying in drastically colorful clothes, while the other a box of hairbrush with some hairpins.’
    1. 1.1usually as modifier A sharp U-shaped curve in a road.
      ‘I was driving up the hairpins that mark the beginning of the Simplon Pass’
      ‘a long series of hairpin turns on roads cut into the mountainside’
      • ‘I learn I can take the second bend of the racetrack flat out, banking the bike over as I sweep round then opening the throttle full for the long straight that follows, slowing only for the sharp double hairpin at the end.’
      • ‘This is a macho coastline, with hairpin roads tumbling into sheltered villages, and excellent watersports.’
      • ‘Well, remember to do this by night and, of course, your driver needs to be an expert at negotiating hairpin curves.’
      • ‘There were washouts, hairpin turns, all kinds of logistical problems, food problems, fuel problems, but a great adventure.’
      • ‘He said I'd need to do a hairpin right turn into the site from the road.’
      • ‘A 1,000-meter freestyle run will maneuver an underpass, steer through hairpin curves and follow trails and roads.’
      • ‘This elevated view shows a sharp, hairpin turn in a mountain road.’
      • ‘It takes a tortuous drive around countless hairpin turns to reach the tiny town of Highlands, in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern North Carolina.’
      • ‘Make a sharp right (hairpin) turn onto Sunset Drive and then turn right into the second driveway.’
      • ‘And the grinding of trucks labouring up the hills, loaded with petrol; firewood; sacks of tea; everything that from outside comes by truck up the hairpin roads.’
      • ‘When the race hit the hills, though, those roads - full of hairpin turns like they were - really strung the peloton out up and down the climbs.’
      • ‘The impending stretch of road snaked through a vicious course of hairpin turns with a steep hillside on one side and a sharp drop off into rocks, brush and cactus on the other.’
      • ‘The idea is to weave from corner to corner with the car in a continuously sideways attitude; mountain roads with plenty of hairpins provide the ideal space.’
      • ‘Tight steering and a speedy machine are necessary to establish a large lead, because with plenty of hills, switchbacks and hairpin curves on the course, positions can, and often do, trade places quickly.’
      • ‘This sharp, right-hand hairpin, which poses a difficult braking manoeuvre as you swing round 180-degrees is taken at 48 km/h in first gear.’
      • ‘You have to want to go there, as it requires driving some 50 miles of washboard dirt roads and hairpin turns.’
      • ‘And as we came down each hairpin to the plain, the hills rose up and turned and sank back again until, as we accelerated away towards the city, they closed behind us, deep blue and purple like a bruise against the black night sky.’