from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The keeper for a beveled latch-bolt, against which it strikes so as to snap shut automatically.
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I saw: snippets of red-brick wall and once-white trim set well back from the street, now nearly obscured by a wildly overgrown vine and an equally undisciplined jungle of a garden; a grey stone garden wall separating jungle from pavement, in want of repointing and somehow shorter than it should be; one set of ornate iron gates sagging across the drive and a smaller pedestrian entrance further along the wall, both gates looped through with heavy chains and solid padlocks; the chain on the walkway gate, which for lack of other fastening had been welded directly onto the strike-plate — the very strike-plate that had reached out to gash open my little brother's scalp when he had tripped while running through it.
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