Definition of pushpin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpo͝oSHˌpin/


North American
A thumbtack with a spherical or cylindrical head of colored plastic, used to fasten papers to a bulletin board or to indicate positions on charts and maps.
Example sentences
  • Insert map pins, metal tacks, and pushpins with plastic heads to create dots, stripes, and hearts.
  • They're held up by colored plastic pushpins in crowded, overlapping, random order.
  • If I need a package of pushpins, I'm likely to go anywhere that's nearby and cheap.

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Syllabification: push·pin

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