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latchkey child

A school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general, due to his or her parents being away for 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 school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general due to his or her parents being away for 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 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 somebody/something

to become closely connected to someone or something I knew she would be perfect in the film, so I latched onto her like a magnet. More and more countries latched onto computer technology as an important tool for development.
See also: latch

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]
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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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The Big Latch On began in New Zealand when it was started by Women's Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week.
We look forward to the continued support of our clients, associates and local businesses in supporting the vital work of LATCH.
The Beta latch platform was developed and manufactured specifically for the Chinese market at Kiekert's plant in Changshu.
RAY: If you're unable to release the latch with a screwdriver, then you have to either try to unbolt the latch from the inside and remove it, or do a "Law and Order'' on it.
The VSS Latch mechanism stands above any latch on the market today.
Our Korean manufacturer is the main latch supplier to Hyundai, and we hope to supply them with their corporate latch," Lindsay says.
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.
The door module holds the speakers, latch assembly, door-lock actuator, and window regulator.
Usually, the virus goes for the so-called CCR5 receptor, but some HIV strains latch onto CXCR4.
Two doors had latch mechanisms that hit an EAB locker and prevented the door from shutting.
Injection molded to form the latch lever of a new hard disk drive (HDD), an engineering plastic manufactured by Mitsui Chemicals is said to provide a low-outgassing, dimensionally stable, and low wear and friction material.
Sergio Jimenez was thrown from a minivan during a low-speed collision because of a defective rear-door latch.
The University of Michigan's Medical Center addressed all three problems by installing mortise latch sets that protect property, allow easy access to ORs during surgeries, and prevent mentally ill and depressed patients from seriously injuring themselves or others.