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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]
See also: latch

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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Almost two years after the replacement agreement, the agency reported that Chrysler had changed the latches in less than 29 percent of the most dangerous 1984-88 models.
The judgement of the agency last March was that the interests of consumers were served by getting the latches replaced" sooner and with the automobile company's cooperation, Brownlee said.
The 0-In CDC tool checked lock-up latches used for production testing.
AFTER TOWING IS COMPLETE, REINSTALL THE LATCHES LIKE THIS .
Beth Louargand, general manager of the district's facilities services division, said it will cost the district about $50 to $60 more to add safety latches.
Description: The recalled magnetic gate latches are 10" or 20" models in black or white.
Further, the committee recommended that Martinez work with the LAUSD's staff and safety committee to determine the best way to retrofit grilles with the latches.
It was not until after the Strickland accident that Ford Motor Company made an internal decision to recall certain of these vehicles which had door latches manufactured with a defective spring.
The German-based supplier's global product portfolio currently includes side-door latches, latch modules, trunk-lid latches and actuators.
DOING THIS REPEATEDLY PUTS STRAIN ON PANEL DOORS, DAMAGES THE LATCHES, AND LOOSENS RIVETS.
Soboroff's resolution, which would have to be approved by the Board of Education, recommends existing window screens be outfitted with safety latches.
Chapter four provides estimates of the European market shares of automotive latches as well as the North American door locking set market, whilst chapter five provides some market values of these markets.
The Roller Latch technology eliminates the low strength and jamming associated with traditional "swing-out" latch mechanisms and features a locking coupling that connects the drill string directly to the outer tube - locking the roller latches causes the head assembly to rotate with the rod string.
When lowering the antenna, turn the handle on the elevation handcrank clockwise until the antenna rests firmly in the cradle and can be secured with the antenna hold-down latches.
After receiving complaints about the grilles at two campuses, school board member Valerie Fields, who chairs the district's safety committee, said she would call an emergency meeting to investigate whether they could be equipped with safety latches that would allow them to be opened in the event of a fire or other emergency.