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church key

noun, Slang.
a small metal can opener having a sharp triangular pointed end for punching holes in the top of a beverage can, as of beer.
Origin of church key
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for church key
Historical Examples
  • As a substitute for the usual ring, the church key has been put into requisition.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • "That's not the church key," said Lewis, staring at the one just hung up.

  • A case is related, on the other hand, of a party that came to the church and requested to be married with a church key.

    Domestic folk-lore T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
  • A parish clerk recollected an instance of a party that came to the church, and requested to be married with the church key.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • There was always someone yelling for a "church key" (the metal key on the bottom of a can) to borrow.

  • At Tannington also they came to my father to ask him to let them have the church Bible and the church key.

    Two Suffolk Friends Francis Hindes Groome
British Dictionary definitions for church key

church key

(US) a device with a triangular point at one end for making holes in the tops of cans
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for church key

church key

noun phrase

A bottle or can opener (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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