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latch

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Daily life
latchlatch1 /lætʃ/ noun [countable]  1 DSHUT/CLOSEa small metal or plastic object used to keep a door, gate, or window closed Gwen lifted the latch and opened the gate.2 especially British EnglishDSHUT/CLOSE a type of lock for a door that you can open from the inside by turning a handle, but that you need a key to open from the outsideon the latch (=shut but not locked) Ray went out, leaving the door on the latch.
Examples from the Corpus
latchPut childproof latches on cabinet doors and drawers.Some have side-mounted pullout sections; park the vehicle, flip a few latches and presto, instant living room.Please would you tell the Brigadier that one-five-one is the combination that unlocks the right-hand latch of a black crocodile briefcase.You got just a little latch in there right.A jammed hinge or latch can be freed with a penetrating oil such as Plus Gas.I can still remember the click of the latch as she shut the door behind her.Luce was studying them intently, when the click of the latch told her Michele was back.She glanced at John quickly and then leaned forward, slipped the latch, and pushed it open.The latch clanged loudly as the gate was pulled shut.on the latchHe could see the shadow of Polly's arm on the latch through the crack between the open door and the frame.Just keep the door on the latch.During office hours the main door of Moorlake House was always left on the latch.Anthony came in, his hand resting for a frozen second on the latch as he noticed the room's occupants.
latchlatch2 verb [transitive]  SHUT/CLOSEto fasten a door, gate, or window with a latch latch on latch onto somebody/something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
latchI don't think Conrad was latching on properly, but I must admit breastfeeding did confuse me.Rangers continued to move forward and four minutes later Ferdinand latched on to a fine chip by Ian Holloway.She had stupidly given him the name Marie and he had latched on to it.If your players don't latch on to such throwaways first time, too bad.Even Starbucks has latched on to the trend, adding a drive-through window at a store last month.Rule No. 1: Always latch your refrigerator before takeoff.
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Verb table
latch
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theylatch
he, she, itlatches
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theylatched
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave latched
he, she, ithas latched
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad latched
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill latch
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have latched
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam latching
he, she, itis latching
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you, we, theyare latching
Past
I, he, she, itwas latching
you, we, theywere latching
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been latching
he, she, ithas been latching
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been latching
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be latching
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been latching
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