on the latch

idiom

British, of a door
: closed but not locked
I left the front door on the latch so that she could get in.

Examples of on the latch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To fine-tune the shoe’s position, simply hold it with one hand while pressing down on the latch. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 26 June 2023 Pull back on the latch above each and then press the bolt forward or pull it back. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 1 Aug. 2022 Pressure on the latch will force it to retract, and the knob should turn and open the door. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 17 Jan. 2023 Metal ring on the latch secures the flip-top cap. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2021

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“On the latch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20latch. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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