security blanket

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - security blanket

"security blanket"

a blanket carried by a child to provide reassurance


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - security blanket

"security blanket"

an object that dispels anxiety


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - security blanket

"security blanket"

a policy of temporary secrecy by police or those in charge of security, in order to protect a person or place threatened with danger, from further risk


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - security blanket

A couple are talking ...

Mother:  Are you sure you have everything?

Father:  I think so but we are only going out for a couple of hours.

Mother:  Make sure Junior has his security blanket. If he doesn't, he will be anxious and upset.

Father:  OK. Junior has his blanket.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - security blanket

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you ever noticed how Ruth never does anything without consulting her wealthy aunt?

Friend 2:  Ruth has never had to really struggle or take serious risks in life. If something goes wrong, her aunt is there to help out.

Friend 1:  I think Ruth uses her aunt as a security blanket.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - security blanket

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard Frank was travelling in a dangerous country. How is he doing?

Friend 2:  Nobody knows. There has been some sort of violent uprising and the government has thrown up a heavy security blanket. No one can get in or out of the country and there is a news blackout.

Friend 1:  Should we be worried?

Friend 2:  Not until we hear from Frank or get some kind of news.

security blanket - Usage:

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security blanket - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for security blanket.

security blanket - Examples:

1)  ... unofficially the Kashmir has been put under a ruthless security blanket, which almost many Indians are unaware of.

2)  But the Tube, with its sturdy reliability and uniformity, offers a security blanket for commuters and tourists. Riders never get stuck in traffic, ...

3)  It's hard because you have to let go of your security blanket at some point in time.

4)  At a time when there was a total security blanket and a high alert in and around the state capital in wake of Independence Day.

5)  ... and so when I didn't have that security blanket anymore, there was a lot of fear.

6)  What if I'm not good enough? University is a security blanket. I know the classes I need and how to pass them.

7)  Once I leave that security blanket behind, I will no longer be nurtured.

8)  Darkness often becomes a security blanket for men and women who feel insecure for whatever reason.

9)  I have a love-hate relationship with convenience. # Convenience is my security blanket of laziness, my go-to when I can't be bothered and want to neglect ...

10)  ... and it was a very big decision to leave that financial security blanket and to go out on my own.

11)  Central Delhi will be under a heavy security blanket as a high alert has been sounded in the city. 

12)  Gray said her business degree has given her a "security blanket".

13)  We are a nation of lost souls. We have swapped the security blanket of religion for the cold harsh light of truth.

14)  ... wean themselves from their mothers and soothe themselves, like a teddy bear or security blanket.

15)  And for a new generation of adults, that security blanket is their smartphone.

16)  I also always wear hoop earrings; they're like my security blanket. I'm inspired to do an extra squat or an extra lunge. 

17)  When he's nervous, when he's scared, his security blanket is to insult people.

18)  ... tray to be scanned, and was left clutching my passport as if a security blanket, shoeless and nervous, I was beckoned over to the body scanners.

19)  ... for anxiety and depression, particularly among those using the devices as a " security blanket " - to avoid dealing with unpleasant experiences or feelings. 

20)  Armin is constantly wrapped in his security blanket, becoming sick almost instantly whenever he is without it.