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Meaning of hook and eye

hook' and eye'

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  1. a two-piece clothes fastener, usually of metal, consisting of a hook that catches onto a loop or bar.
  2. a three-piece latching device consisting of a hook attached to a screw eye or an eyebolt and a separate screw eye or eyebolt that the hook engages as it bridges a gap, as one between a door and a jamb or a gate and a gatepost.
  3. the two-piece portion of such a device consisting of a hook and a screw eye.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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