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
- ‘The suspect is believed to have gained entry via the rear garden, by removing a clasp and hasp from the garage door.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Doors off to the left and right of us were secured with sturdy padlocks on steel hasps.’
- ‘Anyway, this afternoon we spent an inordinately long time fixing a hasp and padlock to the garage.’
- 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
- ‘With a great flourish and lots of pride in their faces they removed the lock from the hasp and slowly opened the old box.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When selecting your hasp and staple consider, desired level of security, level of corrosion resistance required as well as size requirements.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the suitcases, next to the shiny steel hasps, tiny numbers are set on metal wheels.’
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
- ‘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.’
Old English hæpse, hæsp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haspel and German Haspe.
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