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latchkey

[ lach-kee ]
/ ˈlætʃˌki /
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noun, plural latch·keys.

a key for releasing a latch or springlock, especially on an outer door.

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Origin of latchkey

First recorded in 1815–25; latch + key1
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British Dictionary definitions for latchkey

latchkey
/ (ˈlætʃˌkiː) /

noun

a key for an outside door or gate, esp one that lifts a latch
  1. a supposed freedom from restrictions
  2. (as modifier)a latchkey existence
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