Origin of latchkey
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Examples from the Web for latchkey
Lady St. Craye hesitated a moment with her latchkey in her hand.The Incomplete Amorist
It was only when he got out into the now-emptying street that he remembered that he had not got a latchkey.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
With deep relief she saw her father, latchkey in hand, turning into the Old Square.
With longing, yet with dread, she waited for the sound of Stephen's latchkey.
A moment later there was a rattle of a latchkey and two people came in.The Slave of Silence
Fred M. White
- a key for an outside door or gate, esp one that lifts a latch
- a supposed freedom from restrictions
- (as modifier)a latchkey existence
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Word Origin and History for latchkey
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