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[lach-string] /ˈlætʃˌstrɪŋ/
a string passed through a hole in a door, for raising the latch from the outside.
Origin of latchstring
1785-95; latch + string Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As he closed it he did an unprecedented thing,he drew in the latchstring.

  • Now callers upon the Hamlins, in general, just pulled the latchstring and came in.

    The Duke of Stockbridge Edward Bellamy
  • It goes often to the home where the latchstring hangs on the outside.

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
  • Perhaps the reader has heard before this of having the latchstring out, but has not known just what the phrase meant.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
  • He fumbled for the latchstring, and pulling it carelessly, the door flew open suddenly, and he almost fell into the room.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • He had sat thus for some time when he was roused by the twitching of the latchstring.

  • Hang out the latchstring and remove everything breakable, for the wanderer is coming home!

  • He twitched the latchstring, the door being so balanced on its hinges that it swung inward of itself.

    The Boy Patrol on Guard Edward S. Ellis
  • He pulled the latchstring with his left hand and pushed the door open with his foot, the rifle ready.

    The Keeper Henry Beam Piper
  • And the day cannot be delayed much longer now when every child shall find the latchstring out on the school door.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
British Dictionary definitions for latchstring


a length of string fastened to a latch and passed through a hole in the door so that it can be opened from the other side
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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