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"latchkey kid" in British English

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latchkey kidnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈlætʃ.kiːˌkɪd/ (also latchkey child) old-fashioned informal
a ​child who has a ​key to his or her ​home and is often ​alone at ​home after ​school has ​finished for the ​day because his or her ​parents are out at ​work
(Definition of latchkey kid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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