to be off the latch meaning, to be off the latch definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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latch

  

      n  
1    a fastening for a gate or door that consists of a bar that may be slid or lowered into a groove, hole, etc.  
2    a spring-loaded door lock that can be opened by a key from outside  
3      (Also called)    latch circuit     (Electronics)   a logic circuit that transfers the input states to the output states when signalled, the output thereafter remaining insensitive to changes in input status until signalled again  
      vb  
4    to fasten, fit, or be fitted with or as if with a latch  
     (Old English læccan to seize, of Germanic origin; related to Greek lazesthai)  


latch on  
      vb   intr, adv; often foll by: to  
Informal  
1    to attach oneself (to)  
to latch on to a new acquaintance     
2    to understand  
he suddenly latched on to what they were up to     
3      (U.S. and Canadian)   to obtain; get  
night latch  
      n   a door lock that is operated by means of a knob on the inside and a key on the outside  
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exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
exp.
to be staggering
Das ist ein Hammer!
adj.
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
exp.
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
exp.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
exp.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
n.
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
exp.
When sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
n.
the process of reaching a conclusion about something because of other things that you know to be true
[US] I often find my stuff by using deduction but sometimes it doesn't help at all.
exp.
The transference of virtual assets and value stored on web possible to be distributed upon user’s death.
[Tech.]
n.
To delibaretly make someone feel frightened especially so that they will do what you want ; scared and follow directions of yours or what you want thing to be ...
n.
Someone (usually a young man) who tries unsuccessfully to be funny by making lame jokes and doing stupid things
US English, colloquial
exp.
User’s online presence that hold the potential to be the key to ones online identity, value and worth.
[Tech.]
n.
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
id.
to be more sucsessful than others in a competitive situation.or to do things in advance to reach sucsess in a competition.
I jelous my friend she is always ahead of the game! That basketball tim was ahead of the game that is why they won!
exp.
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
exp.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
exp.
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.

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