Synonyms for latch

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LATCH

The boy's hand had come upon a latch; he lifted it, and pushed.

As his hand neared the latch I could see in the dim light that his movements were unsteady.

As she laid her hand on the latch of the door, she trembled and drew back.

The gate was closed, but he tried it and found it on the latch.

She lifted the latch, and set her shoulder against the panel.

He hesitated only for an instant, then he placed his hand cautiously on the latch and raised it.

When the latch clicked and the hook dropped into the staple he, too, entered the kitchen.

Egbert still retained his hold upon the latch with one hand.

He stepped back, coughed, fidgeted with the latch, and then began to apologize.

It had become a purpose by the time the captain rattled the latch.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English læccan "to grasp or seize," from Proto-Germanic *lakkijanan. Not found in other Germanic languages; probably from PIE *(s)lagw- "to seize" (see analemma). In its original sense the verb was paralleled in Middle English and then replaced by French import catch (v.). Meaning "to fasten with a latch" is mid-15c. Related: Latched; latching.

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