Definition of hasp in English:



  • 1A slotted hinged metal plate forming part of a fastening for a door or lid, fitted over a loop and secured by a pin or padlock.

    ‘the hut was always locked by a large padlock securing a hasp’
    • ‘The suspect is believed to have gained entry via the rear garden, by removing a clasp and hasp from the garage door.’
    • ‘Doors off to the left and right of us were secured with sturdy padlocks on steel hasps.’
    • ‘The entrance to the basement proper is protected by a sturdy oak panelled door with flaking maroon paint, two Yale locks and a hasp and staple secured with a heavy duty padlock.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, most sheds are inherently weak and it isn't always appropriate to fit heavy-duty padlocks, hasps, and staples as the door may not be strong enough to support them.’
    • ‘Anyway, this afternoon we spent an inordinately long time fixing a hasp and padlock to the garage.’
    fastener, fastening, catch, clasp, hasp, clip, pin, buckle, hook and eye
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    1. 1.1A slotted hinged plate on a trunk or suitcase with a projecting piece which is secured by the lock.
      • ‘On the suitcases, next to the shiny steel hasps, tiny numbers are set on metal wheels.’
      • ‘The only door in the room was an ancient thick oak monstrosity with a rusty wrought iron latch, matching hasps and a key stuck in the lock.’
      • ‘When selecting your hasp and staple consider, desired level of security, level of corrosion resistance required as well as size requirements.’
      • ‘Smaller trunk locks have a spring-loaded latch, so when the trunk isn't locked the top half stays up out of the way. It has a hasp for a padlock, if you choose to use one.’
      • ‘With a great flourish and lots of pride in their faces they removed the lock from the hasp and slowly opened the old box.’
      bolt, catch, fastener, clasp, bar, hasp, latch
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[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Lock (a door, window, or lid) by securing the hasp over the loop of the fastening.

    ‘she went to the window and hasped it’
    • ‘There had been no answer to his knock; the door had been hasped on the outside, yet the first glance as he entered. made him realise that the place was empty of life.’
    • ‘He then slipped out of the cabin, and hasped the door on the outside, in spite of Clarice's shrill and scathing disapproval.’
    • ‘I hasped the window; I tried to close his eyes - to extinguish, if possible, that frightful, life-like gaze of exultation, before any one else beheld it.’
    out of trouble, free, in the clear, under no obligation
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Old English hæpse, hæsp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haspel and German Haspe.