Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also trademark Kirbigrip)
A type of hairgrip consisting of a thin folded and sprung metal strip or wire.
- The model was fresh-faced and rose-lipped, her wavy hair caught in a simple kirby grip (very boarding school, very debutante).
- On the ferry, I spent most of the time trying to punch holes in the shoebox lid so that they could breathe, but my only weapon for this was a kirby grip.
- Other types of hair grip such as kirby grips come in basics - e.g. brown kirby grips, black kirby grips, silver kirby grips or gold kirby grips and of course loads of kirby grips with decoration or motifs.
1920s: named after Kirby, Beard & Co. Ltd, of Birmingham, England, the original manufacturers.
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