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unlatch

[uhn-lach] /ʌnˈlætʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to unfasten (a door, window shutter, etc.) by lifting the latch.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become unlatched.
Origin of unlatch
1635-1645
1635-45; un-2 + latch
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  • He'll need more than a flamer to unlatch the old girl if she doesn't care for his offer.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • He couldn't feel what he was doing, but somehow he managed to unlatch it.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • Nehushta, come hither; you are stronger than I. Now, while I unlatch the secret door, do you lift him up.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • When Jason lifted his arm to unlatch the door it was heavy as two arms.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Once having gained the heights, the next thing was to unlatch the heavy doors and give them a gentle swing outward.

    New Chronicles of Rebecca Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • And lo, here is a woman stooping to unlatch the gate—it is she!

  • In vain I argued, that a ghost would have no need to unlatch the gate.

  • I unlatch the little door in front of me and crawl through it, and shut it behind me.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • With a tremendous effort he went quickly up the remaining steps, stood on tiptoe to unlatch the door, and pushed it open.

    The Hawthorns Amy Walton
  • Feigning that a shoe hurts her, she makes the ridiculous Alcindoro unlatch and remove it, and trot off with it to the cobbler's.

British Dictionary definitions for unlatch

unlatch

/ʌnˈlætʃ/
verb
1.
to open or unfasten or come open or unfastened by the lifting or release of a latch
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