Definition of on the latch in English:

on the latch

British (Of a door or gate) closed but not locked: let yourself in, the door’s on the latch
More example sentences
  • An 89-year-old woman discovered a man in her home in The Dell, Great Baddow, at 2pm, after he walked into the premises while the front door was on the latch.
  • Earlier in the evening, when the Sainsbury's order arrived, I had run down four flights of stairs to collect the groceries, putting the door to the flat on the latch.
  • Luckily the door was on the latch and I managed to stumble through and shut it behind me.
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