latchstring

[ lach-string ]
/ ˈlætʃˌstrɪŋ /
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noun

a string passed through a hole in a door, for raising the latch from the outside.

Origin of latchstring

First recorded in 1785–95; latch + string
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latchstring

/ (ˈlætʃˌstrɪŋ) /

noun

a length of string fastened to a latch and passed through a hole in the door so that it can be opened from the other side

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