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latchkey child

A child who is home alone after school or in general because their parents or guardians are at work. I know it makes me sound horrible, but I just don't want Tommy hanging out with those latchkey children from down the road. Being a latchkey child was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
See also: child, latchkey

latchkey kid

A child who is home alone after school or in general because their parents or guardians are at work. I know it makes me sound horrible, but I just don't want Tommy hanging out with those latchkey kids from down the road. Being a latchkey kid was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
See also: kid, latchkey

latch onto (someone or something)

1. To understand or make sense of something. Once he latched onto the instructions in the manual, he was able to complete the repair.
2. To gain or obtain something. I need to latch onto a birthday card before the party on Saturday.
3. To become closely involved with a person or group. I latched onto the one friend I'd made at orientation and followed her around the cafeteria.
See also: latch

on the latch

Of a door, closed but not locked. Primarily heard in UK. In the small village where I grew up, you knew everyone around you, so everyone left their doors on the latch.
See also: latch, on

latch on (to someone)

to get hold of someone. I don't know where Jane is. Let me try to latch onto her.
See also: latch, on

latch onto something

 
1. Fig. to obtain something. (See also latch on(to someone or something).) I have to latch onto a hundred bucks by Friday night. I latched onto a good book about repairing plumbing.
2. Fig. to begin to understand something. When Fred finally latched onto the principles of algebra, he began to get better grades. Sue doesn't quite latch onto the proper stance in golf.
See also: latch

latch string is always out

Fig. You are always welcome. Come by anytime. The latch string is always out. No need to call before you come over. For you folks, the latch string is always out.
See also: always, latch, out, string

latch onto

Also, latch on to.
1. Get hold of, grasp; also, understand, grasp mentally. For example, They latched onto a fortune in the fur trade, or Carol quickly latched on to how the sewing machine works. [c. 1930]
2. Attach oneself to, join in with, as in Rob didn't know the way so he latched on to one of the older children. [c. 1930]
See also: latch

on the ˈlatch

(British English) closed but not locked: Can you leave the door on the latch so I can get in?
See also: latch, on

latch

on to/onto
1. To get hold of; obtain: latched on to a fortune in the fur trade.
2. To cling to.
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Every latch utilizes a pulsed clock signal which is delayed from the pulsed clock signal used in the next latch [9].
Aside from breast-feeding information, Latch also provides tips for working mothers.
Martyn Prowel Solicitors is to hold a charity evening for the Welsh Children's Cancer Charity, LATCH
RAY: But ultimately, you'll probably have to remove the latch and either fix or replace it.
The eGard Slide Latch is available in two versions, either with or without an internal release function that can unlock the door from the inside and prevents the operator from relocking themselves back in; the machine can only be restarted from outside the guarded area.
The Universal latch uses one motor to perform all functions, and combines different types of latch in one mono-block housing.
The company already has manufacturing agreements with latch makers in India, Korea and China - where it will supply MG Rover's successor Nanjing Auto with all its latches - and is in talks with a Japanese latch manufacturer.
During the investigation into an accident involving a Sonerai II Experimental aircraft, it was discovered that the canopy latch had no positive or over-center latch mechanism to prevent the canopy from coming open during flight.
A magnetic, self-locking feed gate latch is used instead of a mechanical latch.
The SDM Improved Thumb Latch for K-, L- and N-frame revolvers has exceptionally sharp checkering to glue your thumb to the latch.
The safety lock prevents the latch clamp from being accidentally opened by bumping the handle.
Options include a tempering unit, mechanical separator clamping side, hydraulic separator nozzle side, hydraulic separator clamping side, sliding table, quick latch system heating platen, quick latch system hydraulic separator, pre-arrangement vacuum, Flex control, ECO control (standard), robotic arm for monitor location, additional heating zone, vacuum pump, central ejector, hydraulic core lifter, pneumatic/mechanical protection screen, dryer and feeding unit, polyvalent screw, TPE screw, rubber screw and hydraulic functions.
Designed to be used in standard UTP outlets and patch panels, the plug latch is activated by the boot in a push-pull fashion similar to an SC fiber connector.
8 V, at which time a turn-off latch is set on all four control switches.
Clark's wife alleged in her products liability suit that Chrysler's lock latch on the Ram's doors was defectively designed, as it did not hold the door shut during the accident.