Definition of keyhole in English:



  • 1A hole in a lock into which the key is inserted.

    • ‘The key always sat in the keyhole, with a red ribbon tied to the end of it.’
    • ‘Selecting one, he inserted it into the keyhole and turned.’
    • ‘Sadly the front door was locked so my view was limited to peering through the keyhole.’
    • ‘He inserted the key into the keyhole and hoped for a miracle of sorts as he turned the door knob.’
    • ‘She inserted it in the keyhole, and it gave a small click and swung open.’
    • ‘Sighing as he opened his leather pouch on his waist and dug out a set of lock picks, he expertly selected the right tool for the job and inserted it into the keyhole.’
    • ‘Reaching her apartment, Marla pulled her key out of her pocket and stuck it in the keyhole.’
    • ‘In the nineteenth century, people thought ghosts came into a house through its keyholes, and these covers were designed to keep them out.’
    • ‘Astoundingly, the keyhole offers a direct line of sight to the Vatican, as if to keep an unflinching eye on the Church.’
    • ‘Unlike most other lock boxes, however, the keyhole is hidden behind a plastic plate that's attached with screws.’
    • ‘Finally, when he got a hold of it, he thrust it in the keyhole and the lock opened with a loud click.’
    • ‘A cylindrical lockset fits into a large hole bored into the door's face with the keyhole in the door knob.’
    • ‘I took out my key and inserted it into the keyhole, but when I took it out the door was locked.’
    • ‘I gingerly crept to my parents' room and listened with my ear at the keyhole.’
    • ‘Looking at this photograph is like peering through a keyhole into a secret world shared only by this mother and child.’
    • ‘The first step in picking a lock is to insert the tension wrench into the keyhole and turn it in the same direction that you would turn the key.’
    • ‘That explains the absence of carols, tinsel and holly if you come listening through our keyhole and peering through our window this year.’
    • ‘On the right side of the frame, just above the trigger, is a keyhole where a special key can be inserted to lock the trigger.’
    • ‘Kneeling down next to the door so that the keyhole was on eye level, I produced the piece of wire and file that he'd given me and proceeded to try my hand at picking the lock.’
    • ‘But he follows his obsession, and goes to great lengths in doing so, peeping through keyholes and lurking in the bushes with binoculars in an effort to satisfy his curiosity.’
    opening, aperture, gap, space, orifice, slot, vent, outlet, chink, breach
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    1. 1.1 A circle cut out of a garment as a decorative effect, typically at the front or back neckline.
      ‘clever keyholes reveal pieces of midriff’
      as modifier ‘a white dress with a keyhole back’
      • ‘The most memorable pieces were undoubtedly Gucci's clingy, dress with a daring keyhole neckline and its slinky, cut-out swimsuit.’
      • ‘Allison was dressed in a completely red bodice with dramatic keyhole front, draped waist, and cascading front tulip hemline.’
      • ‘I changed into a pair of black bell-bottoms and a white keyhole peasant shirt that had lace on the cuffs.’
      • ‘She stood in the doorway, in a black keyhole halter that tied in the back and white jeans.’
      • ‘The fabrics and eclectic prints are worked in original ways, with the intersecting pieces creating cut-outs and keyholes.’
      • ‘For the more timid these large keyholes will appear between waist and hip level at the side waist on fitted dresses and fitted tops.’
      • ‘She was wearing a long peasant skirt dyed in shades of blue and a blouse in airy white with a keyhole neck.’
      • ‘The red and green multi-sleeveless top with a keyhole neckline is perfect for hot summer nights.’
      • ‘You probably can get away with hose if the shoe only has a little keyhole toe.’