Definition of safety pin in English:

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safety pin

Pronunciation: /ˈsāftē ˌpin/


A pin with a point that is bent back to the head and is held in a guard when closed.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • For the 2000 Convention in Minneapolis, the staff obviously heard my 1993 pleas and switched from the ‘open’ pin to the safety pin.
  • 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.


[with object] (safety-pin)
Fasten with a safety pin.
Example sentences
  • Keep the tablecloth there by wrapping a swath of gold lame around your waist and safety-pinning it.
  • Maybe you could deck out more conservatively on school days, and don the combat boots and safety-pinned mini-kilt on weekends only.
  • Had we tried this last winter, I'm certain the bank would have safety-pinned our mittens to our coats.

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Syllabification: safe·ty pin

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