skeleton key

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A key with a large portion of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A very simple design of key that usually has a cylindrical shaft (sometimes called a "shank") and a single, minimal flat, rectangular tooth or "bit".
  • noun A key that has parts filed away so that it will open a range of locks

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  • noun a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks

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