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latch

noun [C] uk   /lætʃ/ us  
a device for keeping a door or gate closed, consisting of a metal bar that fits into a hole and is lifted by pushing down on another baron the latch UK closed but not locked: Don't forget to leave the front door on the latch if you go to bed before I get back.

latch

verb [I or T] uk   /lætʃ/ us  
to close, or close something, with a latch
Translations of “latch”
in Spanish pestillo…
in French loquet…
in German das Schnappschloß…
in Chinese (Traditional) 閂,門閂…
in Russian щеколда, задвижка, американский замок…
in Turkish kapı mandalı, kilit dili, mandallı kilit…
in Chinese (Simplified) 闩,门闩…
in Polish zasuwka, rygiel, zatrzask…
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