Latchstring
Latchstring Latch"string`, n. A string for raising the latch of a door by a person outside. It is fastened to the latch and passed through a hole above it in the door. [1913 Webster]

{To find the latchstring out}, to meet with hospitality; to be welcome. (Intrusion is prevented by drawing in the latchstring.) [Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • latchstring — [lach′striŋ΄] n. a cord fastened to the bar of a latch and passed through a hole in the door so that the latch can be raised from the outside …   English World dictionary

  • latchstring — noun Date: 1791 a string on a latch that may be left hanging outside the door to permit the raising of the latch from the outside or drawn inside to prevent intrusion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • latchstring — /lach string /, n. a string passed through a hole in a door, for raising the latch from the outside. [1785 95; LATCH + STRING] * * * …   Universalium

  • latchstring — noun A string attached to a latch allowing it to be disengaged from the opposite side …   Wiktionary

  • latchstring — n. string which passes through a door (for opening the latch from the outside) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • latchstring — latch•string [[t]ˈlætʃˌstrɪŋ[/t]] n. a string passed through a hole in a door so that the latch may be raised from the outside • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • latchstring — /ˈlætʃstrɪŋ/ (say lachstring) noun a string passed through a hole in a door, for raising the latch from the outside …   Australian English dictionary

  • latchstring — noun opener consisting of a string that can be passed through a hole in a door for raising the latch from outside • Hypernyms: ↑opener * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a string on a latch that may be left hanging outside the door to permit the raising of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • To find the latchstring out — Latchstring Latch string , n. A string for raising the latch of a door by a person outside. It is fastened to the latch and passed through a hole above it in the door. [1913 Webster] {To find the latchstring out}, to meet with hospitality; to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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