from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pin for raising the latch of a door.
  • n. A pin which catches some part of a mechanism and holds it loosely; a catch-pin.


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  • Ariakas started back to the latch-pin, but then paused for an instant.

    Emperor of Ansalon

  • Well, my wife was just lightin 'a pig-tail -- tho' light enough and to spare there was in the lift already -- when who should come clatterin 'at the latch-pin in the blow o' thunder and wind but Philip, poor lad, himself; and an ill hour for him it was.

    J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3


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