on the latch

Definition of on the latch

British, of a door

  1. :  closed but not locked I left the front door on the latch so that she could get in.

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

    :  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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a brief usually trivial fact

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