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time lock

a lock, as for the door of a bank vault, equipped with a mechanism that makes it impossible to operate the lock within certain hours.
Origin of time lock
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Why the bulls haven't fastened on Perkins already on account of that time-lock business, is beyond me.

  • And money has been taken from it despite the time-lock precautions.

  • He hummed an air, and strolled out into the main corridor to stare at the curious dial of the time-lock.

    Hugo Arnold Bennett
  • Unfortunately for them the safe is of the latest London pattern with a time-lock, which I bought when in England last year.

  • I am merely a starving beggar standing outside the door of plenty—obstructed by a Yale time-lock which is set for Jan. 1st.

  • You see, Mr. Headland, I only use the time-lock when I have money or any special papers in the safe.

  • In the same year, 1847, the time-lock was invented by Savage.

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • After the formal introduction Lady Beryl led the way into the library, wherein stood the time-lock safe.

  • It fastened with three solid steel bolts thrown simultaneously with a single handle, and had a time-lock.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry

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