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Definition of "latchstring" [latch•string]

  • A cord attached to a latch and often passed through a hole in the door to allow lifting of the latch from the outside. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "latchstring" in a sentence
  • "She enjoys an Old Fashioned (made with Southern Comfort) or a glass of wine on occasion, looks forward to a picnic with friends at the "hearth" in the Redwoods, and always says to those who want to visit overnight or a week, "The latchstring is always out.""
  • "The latchstring is always out, and tired prospectors and trail-weary men turn aside from the flowing river or frozen trail to rest there for a space and be warm by her fire."
  • "The latchstring to the large house was always out."