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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 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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The current standard specifies a fully latched position and a secondary, backup latch position for the latch assembly, and sets test strength requirements.
The charge (CHG) pin is also an open-drain output that indicates a logic LOW when the charge current is above a minimum current level; when the charge current is below the minimum current, the CHG pin indicates a logic HIGH signal and the status is latched.
Crank the antenna all the way up until the elevation handcrank hits the mechanical stops and then back up the handle until it can be latched.
The P4C214 is a package-and-pin-compatible upgrade of the 8Kx16 latched SRAM that is used in the PC industry.
If the cover latches aren't latched, the cover bounces around during travel and damages the screen.
If this occurs, the door may appear to be fully latched when it is not.
Sometimes you think the arms are latched when they're not.