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spring catch

a catch for an interior or cabinet door that has a bolt operated by a spring.
Origin of spring catch
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She may even have slipped back the spring-catch of the outer door.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • Indeed, by pressing on the spring-catch they released the two gates, which drew aside, and the mass rushed through.

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • Are we to suffer the machinery and the working of our boasted constitution to be arrested by a spring-catch, applied in the dark?

  • When lifted out of the case, spread the two parts forming the base, which are then held by a spring-catch.

  • And that windows should slide up and down in their frames, and stop at certain places with a spring-catch!

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair

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