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security blanket

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A blanket carried by a child to reduce anxiety.
  • n. Informal Something that dispels anxiety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blanket that one uses to have a secure feeling or reduced anxiety, usually in the early years of life: Linus van Pelt had a famous security blanket.
  • n. Any object one uses to have a sense of security or reduced anxiety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a blanket (or toy) that a child carries around in order to reduce anxiety
  • n. anything that an adult person uses to reduce anxiety

Etymologies

From Linus van Pelt's security blanket in Charles Schulz's comic strip Peanuts (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • June’s paraphernalia cluttered the floor: a beanbag bed, some knots of chewed rawhide, a disgusting tennis ball, water and food bowls on a hound-dog placemat, a security blanket that at one time must have been a gray sweatshirt.

    Isabel’s Bed

  • This gives us the security blanket of prebought time at fixed rates and is generally less than 50% of our total network buys, though this shifts year to year.

    The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

  • You told this court, under oath, that you came home to get a security blanket for your daughter … and you found Elise Matthews drunk, lying amidst vomit and broken glass and dog feces.

    VANISHING ACTS

  • John's was in no better shape and the one Howard used for a security blanket was dead as the proverbial doornail.

    Firestorm

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  • According to NPR's Says You the security blanket was an actual product for securing babies in their cribs and not dreamed up by Charles Schultz.

    February 4, 2012