from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flat-headed pin or tack used to fasten drawing-paper to a board or desk; a thumb-tack.


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  • Attached by a drawing-pin to the roof over the wash-hand stand, which — the room being an attic — sloped almost dangerously, dangled a Time – Table.

    Love and Mr Lewisham Herbert George 2004

  • Yes, you could see the hole made by the drawing-pin.

    Mortal Causes Rankin, Ian 1994

  • At length she threw down her pen in disgust, ripped the sheet of tracing paper off its drawing-pin anchors and crumpled it up.

    The Ninja Lustbader, Eric 1980

  • She got a drawing-pin from her pencil-box and pinned the precious envelope to the very back of the drawer-space.

    The Ship of Adventure Blyton, Enid 1950

  • Luckily she was a small thin woman, and as Gaspard has so eloquently expressed it on another occasion, _platte comme une punaise_ (flat as a drawing-pin).

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp Washington

  • These located accurately the position of small lighthouses which are usually about fifteen miles apart and from three to ten miles back of the front-line trenches; the letter marked on each drawing-pin designates the letter flashed in Morse code by that particular lighthouse.

    Night Bombing with the Bedouins Robert Henry Reece

  • I take out the centre drawing-pin at the back and slide my hand under the bunting.

    Overture to Death Marsh, Ngaio, 1895-1982 1939

  • The drawing-pin was still in position, and, watched by the two girls, Mrs. Bradley knelt down and scrutinised it.

    St Peter's Finger Mitchell, Gladys, 1901-1983 1938

  • Near the drawing-pin, which marked the spot on which, according to Sister Bridget, the unconscious mouse had been found, the gas pipe connected to the geyser came up through a hole in the floor.

    St Peter's Finger Mitchell, Gladys, 1901-1983 1938

  • He had broken the cork of a flask, and in the absence of another of correct size had manufactured a temporary stopper with a small cork to the top of which he had fixed the Chinese coin with a drawing-pin.

    The Golden Scorpion Sax Rohmer 1921


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