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church key

noun, Slang.
1.
a small metal can opener having a sharp triangular pointed end for punching holes in the top of a beverage can, as of beer.
Origin of church key
1950-1955
1950-55
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Historical Examples
  • At Tannington also they came to my father to ask him to let them have the church Bible and the church key.

    Two Suffolk Friends Francis Hindes Groome
  • "That's not the church key," said Lewis, staring at the one just hung up.

  • A case is related, on the other hand, of a party that came to the church and requested to be married with a church key.

    Domestic folk-lore T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
  • A parish clerk recollected an instance of a party that came to the church, and requested to be married with the church key.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • As a substitute for the usual ring, the church key has been put into requisition.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • There was always someone yelling for a "church key" (the metal key on the bottom of a can) to borrow.

British Dictionary definitions for church key

church key

noun
1.
(US) a device with a triangular point at one end for making holes in the tops of cans
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Slang definitions & phrases for church key

church key

noun phrase

A bottle or can opener (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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