One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
often as modifier A type of lock with a latch bolt and a flat key with a serrated edge.
- ‘‘Loids’: pieces of celluloid used to force back the latch of a Yale type lock’
- ‘The frame itself was nothing short of a battlefield to the indiscriminate slaughter of Yales and Stubbs.’
- ‘Their front door was fitted with a Yale lock, two bolts and a security chain.’
- ‘The front door, on a Yale lock, clicked shut behind them, and they stood together, hunched up, in the recessed doorway.’
- ‘And he said, ‘My front door is bolted with three bolts and a Yale lock.’’
Mid 19th century: named after Linus Yale Jr (1821–68), the American locksmith who invented the mechanism it uses.
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