from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A key for opening several locks; a master-key; a skeleton key.
- noun A latch-key.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A key for opening more locks than one; a master key.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun key that secures entrance everywhere
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Since March 4, 1933, there has been only one pass-key to the White House.
It took him two minutes to select the pass-key and determine how it worked, then the doors flew open one after another in quick succession.
He fumbled in his waistcoat pocket, drew out a sort of a pass-key, opened the door, entered, closed it again carefully, and ascended the staircase, still carrying Cosette.
He had, and always carried about him, a pass-key which opened a little side-door; but he must have been searched, and his latch-key must have been taken from him.
He had implied that she should use her beauty, impaired though it was, as a pass-key.
Here he conjectured it would be proper to wait; nor had he been stationary above five minutes, when the cook, scalded as much with heat of motion as ever he had been by his huge fire-place, arrived almost breathless, and with his pass-key hastily locked the wicket behind him.
“We want nothing but the pass-key,” said Miss Bellenden;
The attendant admitted them by means of a pass-key.
"There hasn't been a pass-key since eighty-eight," she told him.
A pass-key turned in the lock of the chalet door and the chambermaid came in.