on the 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

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
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Available in multiple styles to satisfy a range of installation and actuation options, R4 rotary latches are hand actuated, either by direct action on the latch trigger or by remote actuation through rods or cables attached to the latch trigger.
To correctly close the door, pull up on the latch handle as you close the door firmly.
Don't jerk on the latches. If you force them, they snap and you're out of business.