church key


: an implement with a triangular pointed head at one end for piercing the tops of cans and often with a rounded head at the other end for opening bottles

Examples of church key in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of church key was circa 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Church key.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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