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night key

a key for a night latch.
Origin of night key
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Theodore applied his night-key, and with cat-like tread they moved across the hall, and the library door swung noiselessly open.

    Three People Pansy
  • All my lodgers were in but one, a young gentleman who has a night-key.

    The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow Anna Katharine Green
  • Like the other male occupants of the house, the lieutenant was provided with a night-key.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
  • Hal soon walked the distance, and, getting out his night-key, he let himself in.

    The Missing Tin Box Arthur M. Winfield
  • The door is opened before he can turn the bolt with his night-key, and the whitest possible little hand presses his.

    Daisy's Necklace Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • I'd give him a 'night-key,' and be perfectly oblivious what time in the small hours he tumbled into the front entry.

  • It was two o'clock when Theodore applied his own night-key and entered his front door.

    Three People Pansy
  • Our nation often seems like a householder who has given his night-key to an enemy who has threatened his home with firebrands.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • Mr. Stanford opened it with a night-key, and they entered, and went upstairs, still in silence.

  • Didn't me and the fellers have to cave in your door with a night-key wrench—sa-a-ay?

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