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night latch

a door lock operated from the inside by a knob and from the outside by a key.
Also called night bolt.
Origin of night latch
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The rattle of a night-latch made itself heard in the outer door.

    The Minister's Charge William Dean Howells
  • But she couldn't manage the night-latch, and so Margaret had to follow her.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • This was necessary, for our front-door (or main-hatchway) had no night-latch, but was fastened by means of a bolt.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • "Please don't think me ungrateful," she said, when she had thrown the night-latch for him.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • A night-latch and a caretaker who came round once a day was enough for any sensible person.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • When we were all inside Fleming Stone closed the door, the night-latch of which, of course, snapped itself.

    A Chain of Evidence Carolyn Wells
  • He took out his ring of keys, found the night-latch and thrust it into the keyhole.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • He reached his home out of breath; but then his key to the night-latch would not fit, just because he was excited and in a hurry.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • The door closed softly behind the retreating figure of the attorney-general, and Kent released the spring of the night-latch.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • When McCloskey had come at a push of the call-button, Lidgerwood snapped the night-latch on the corridor door.

British Dictionary definitions for night-latch

night latch

a door lock that is operated by means of a knob on the inside and a key on the outside
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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