Definition of keyhole in English:



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

    • ‘That explains the absence of carols, tinsel and holly if you come listening through our keyhole and peering through our window this year.’
    • ‘The key always sat in the keyhole, with a red ribbon tied to the end of it.’
    • ‘He inserted the key into the keyhole and hoped for a miracle of sorts as he turned the door knob.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike most other lock boxes, however, the keyhole is hidden behind a plastic plate that's attached with screws.’
    • ‘A cylindrical lockset fits into a large hole bored into the door's face with the keyhole in 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.’
    • ‘Finally, when he got a hold of it, he thrust it in the keyhole and the lock opened with a loud click.’
    • ‘Looking at this photograph is like peering through a keyhole into a secret world shared only by this mother and child.’
    • ‘Selecting one, he inserted it into the keyhole and turned.’
    • ‘I gingerly crept to my parents' room and listened with my ear at the keyhole.’
    • ‘Sadly the front door was locked so my view was limited to peering through 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.’
    • ‘I took out my key and inserted it into the keyhole, but when I took it out the door was locked.’
    • ‘Reaching her apartment, Marla pulled her key out of her pocket and stuck it in the keyhole.’
    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’
      • ‘Allison was dressed in a completely red bodice with dramatic keyhole front, draped waist, and cascading front tulip hemline.’
      • ‘The fabrics and eclectic prints are worked in original ways, with the intersecting pieces creating cut-outs and keyholes.’
      • ‘The red and green multi-sleeveless top with a keyhole neckline is perfect for hot summer nights.’
      • ‘For the more timid these large keyholes will appear between waist and hip level at the side waist on fitted dresses and fitted tops.’
      • ‘The most memorable pieces were undoubtedly Gucci's clingy, dress with a daring keyhole neckline and its slinky, cut-out swimsuit.’
      • ‘I changed into a pair of black bell-bottoms and a white keyhole peasant shirt that had lace on the cuffs.’
      • ‘You probably can get away with hose if the shoe only has a little keyhole toe.’
      • ‘She stood in the doorway, in a black keyhole halter that tied in the back and white jeans.’
      • ‘She was wearing a long peasant skirt dyed in shades of blue and a blouse in airy white with a keyhole neck.’