Hairpin



[hair-pin] /ˈhɛərˌpɪn/

noun
1.
a slender U -shaped piece of wire, shell, etc., used by women to fasten up the or hold a headdress.
adjective
2.
(of a road, curve in a road, etc.) sharply curved back, as in a U shape:
a hairpin turn.
/ˈhɛəˌpɪn/
noun
1.
a thin double-pronged pin used by women to fasten the hair
2.
(modifier) (esp of a bend in a road) curving very sharply
n.

also hair-pin, 1788 (two words), from hair + pin (n.). A hairpin turn, etc., is from 1906. Hairpin (or clothespin) was American English slang for “person” c.1880-1910, especially in the expression “That’s the kind of hairpin I am.”

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