One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A slotted hinged metal plate that forms part of a fastening for a door or lid and is fitted over a metal loop and secured by a pin or padlock.
fastener, fastening, catch, clasp, hasp, clip, pin, buckle, hook and eyeView synonyms
- ‘Anyway, this afternoon we spent an inordinately long time fixing a hasp and padlock to the garage.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The suspect is believed to have gained entry via the rear garden, by removing a clasp and hasp from the garage door.’
- 1.1 A slotted hinged metal plate on a trunk or suitcase with a projecting piece that is secured by the lock.
bolt, catch, fastener, clasp, bar, latchView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the suitcases, next to the shiny steel hasps, tiny numbers are set on metal wheels.’
- ‘When selecting your hasp and staple consider, desired level of security, level of corrosion resistance required as well as size requirements.’
- ‘With a great flourish and lots of pride in their faces they removed the lock from the hasp and slowly opened the old box.’
Lock (a door, window, or lid) by securing the hasp over the loop of the fastening.
out of trouble, free, in the clear, under no obligationView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘He then slipped out of the cabin, and hasped the door on the outside, in spite of Clarice's shrill and scathing disapproval.’
- ‘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.’
Old English hæpse, hæsp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haspel and German Haspe.
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