Definition of security blanket in English:

security blanket

Syllabification: se·cu·ri·ty blan·ket

noun

  • 1A familiar blanket or other piece of soft fabric held by a young child as a source of comfort.
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    • 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.
    • I made beds, curtains, blankets, washcloths, bath toys, wall decals, lamps, rugs, hampers, stuffed animals, security blankets and night lights.
    • Children love them and parents hate them: the security blanket.
  • 1.1Something that provides reassurance, support, or a sense of security: investors no longer see gold as a security blanket.
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    • This guy uses his hair as a security blanket, hiding behind it when things aren't going his way.
    • Cash has become a corporate security blanket, something executives cling to in frightening times.
    • Not having the phone can create a lot of anxiety, so the phone today has become our security blanket.
  • 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
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    • Details of the recovery operation are still subject to a security blanket so there are different accounts of what ensued.
    • Interest in fusion as a source of energy was stifled in the 1940s and early 1950s by the security blanket on all nuclear work.
    • At Heathrow where there was a tight security blanket on information it was learnt that the crew were staying at the Europa Hotel.

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