- a door lock operated from the inside by a knob and from the outside by a key.
Origin of night latch
First recorded in 1850–55
Also called night bolt.
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Examples from the Web for night latch
But she couldn't manage the night-latch, and so Margaret had to follow her.A Little Girl in Old New York
Amanda Millie Douglas
"Please don't think me ungrateful," she said, when she had thrown the night-latch for him.The Grafters
When we were all inside Fleming Stone closed the door, the night-latch of which, of course, snapped itself.A Chain of Evidence
He took out his ring of keys, found the night-latch and thrust it into the keyhole.The Carpet from Bagdad
He reached his home out of breath; but then his key to the night-latch would not fit, just because he was excited and in a hurry.Make or Break
- a door lock that is operated by means of a knob on the inside and a key on the outside
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