One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of lock with a spring-loaded bolt which requires a key only to open it, as distinct from a deadlock.
- ‘Originally, the three small drawers were secured by spring locks released from underneath and accessible through the two locking small drawers below.’
- ‘Many doors are equipped with simple spring locks.’
- ‘Now it was a simple matter of sliding the mounting bracket back into the case until the spring locks snapped into place.’
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