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How to use latchkey in a sentence
I spent middle school as a latchkey kid, riding two public buses to get home and once there, often ended up spending evenings alone and warming up a frozen TV dinner.Maybe the best thing to come of the pandemic: Free lunch for all in schools | Theresa Vargas | September 1, 2021 | Washington Post
The ensuing years of living a financially strapped life in a single-mother household, being a latchkey kid who came home and was kept company by snacks, solidified my relationship with food.How a Plus-Size Hiker Found Her Footing on the Trail | syadron | August 22, 2021 | Outside Online
They went upstairs without using the lift, and he let her and himself in with his latchkey.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
Could it be possible that some thief had stolen the latchkey from Knight, and used it when Mrs. Ellsworth's house was robbed?
It made her feel less to blame for her carelessness in the matter of that latchkey.
Still worse was the remembrance of Mrs. Ellsworth's latchkey, the keeping of which had been accidental at first.
The central figure, wearing pince-nez and waving a latchkey, is formidable rather than repellent.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV. | Charles L. Graves
British Dictionary definitions for latchkey
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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