from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An attachment to a door by which it is kept closed.


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  • A click of the door-latch heralded the appearance of a hand.

    In The Time Of Light

  • Once beyond the village, where the cottages ceased abruptly, on either side of the road they could smell through the darkness the friendly fields again; and they braced themselves for the last long stretch, the home stretch, the stretch that we know is bound to end, some time, in the rattle of the door-latch, the sudden firelight, and the sight of familiar things greeting us as long-absent travellers from far over-sea.

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  • They noticed to their surprise that he stood before them the picture of abject terror — his knees trembling, his hand shaking so violently that the door-latch by which he supported himself rattled audibly: his white lips were parted, and his eyes fixed on the merry officer of justice in the middle of the room.

    Wessex Tales

  • She hesitated for a minute, but ultimately obeyed, going slowly down the garden to the house, where he heard the door-latch click behind her.

    The Woodlanders

  • Remy, who sat behind the passenger's seat, had his hand on the door-latch.

    Watcher 3] Fire Watcher

  • In about ten minutes he heard the same light footstep that he had heard in going out; it paused at the gate, which opened and shut softly, and then the door-latch was lifted, and Lizzy came in.

    Wessex Tales

  • The infirmity of the door-latch was emblematic of a temperamental infirmity in the whole hotel.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • Farm; and when he had his hand on the door-latch, he could see, through the curtainless window, that there were eight or nine heads bending over the desks, lighted by thin dips.

    Adam Bede

  • The door-latch made a loud noise on the deserted landing, everywhere felt abandoned, forgotten.

    Twilight in Italy

  • So he threw open the parlor door, but it was not long before the mill had ground the parlor full too, and it was with difficulty and danger that the man could go through the stream of pottage and get hold of the door-latch.

    The Blue Fairy Book


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