latch on

Definition of latch on

British, informal
:to begin to understand something
  • What he was saying was complicated, so it took me a while to latch on.

Word by Word Definitions

latch play
  1. : to lay hold with or as if with the hands or arms

  2. : to associate oneself intimately and often artfully

  1. : any of various devices in which mating mechanical parts engage to fasten but usually not to lock something:

  2. : a fastener (as for a door) consisting essentially of a pivoted bar that falls into a notch

  3. : a fastener (as for a door) in which a spring slides a bolt into a hole

  1. : to make fast with or as if with a latch


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