Latch-key-child definition

(idiomatic) A child who returns home from school to an empty house and therefore must unlock/unlatch the exterior door with a key, especially a child of working or absent parent(s).
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Noun

Singular:
latch-key-child
Plural:
latch-key-children

Origin of latch-key-child

  • Door lock or latch + key

    From Wiktionary