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- n. Plural form of latchstring.
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This was nearly half a century before the feud between them started; both families had put out their latchstrings and offered food and drink to those less fortunate than themselves.
Her latchstrings are always out, and forests, fields, mountains, oceans, deserts even, have a silent, genial welcome for all who enter their open doors with reverence, sympathy and yearning.
It was ordered that every one should keep the Sabbath by going to church, and all men between eighteen and forty should do four days of military duty every year, as well as "entertain emigrants, visit the sick, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, attend funerals, cabin raisings, log rollings, huskings; have their latchstrings always out."
The latchstrings will always be out for people like Emily and Marion, and Drusilla, and Ulrich and Ralph -- "