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time lock

  1. a lock, as for the door of a bank vault, equipped with a mechanism that makes it impossible to operate the lock within certain hours.
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Origin of time lock

First recorded in 1865–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • And money has been taken from it despite the time-lock precautions.

    The Riddle of the Mysterious Light

    Mary E. Hanshew

  • In the same year, 1847, the time-lock was invented by Savage.


    Bradley A. Fiske

  • He hummed an air, and strolled out into the main corridor to stare at the curious dial of the time-lock.


    Arnold Bennett

  • Unfortunately for them the safe is of the latest London pattern with a time-lock, which I bought when in England last year.

  • You see, Mr. Headland, I only use the time-lock when I have money or any special papers in the safe.