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latchkey child

n.
A usually school-age child who regularly spends part of the day unsupervised at home while the parents are at work.

latchkey child

n
a child who has to let himself or herself in at home on returning from school, as his or her parents are out at work

latch′key child`


n.
a child who must spend part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work.
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Noun1.latchkey child - a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
school-age child, schoolchild, pupil - a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
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If I didn't have to spend half my salary making sure my daughter was looked after and my son wasn't a latchkey kid, I'd be all over 70s-inspired suede or Victoriana.
I made a joke earlier in this column about being a latchkey kid.
After the second time, a dear friend gave me a lanyard and I began to wear them around my neck, a latchkey kid at the age of 55.
As my mum worked Tuesday to Saturday I was a latchkey kid and on Saturdays, I was farmed to my aunty and older female cousins, Tat and Ken who were ace.
Jojo (Lens) is a latchkey kid roaming the fields of his neighborhood with the careening energy of a reluctant loner.
A self-described latchkey kid, Lowe and his brother spent hours watching movies in their California home, and when Lowe had money to invest, he put it in entertainment.
At one point, near the end of the video, Leckey intrudes, uncovered, and leaves a note on the fridge door like a latchkey kid.
Raised in San Diego by his mother, who was deserted by her alcoholic husband and was devoted to the Salvation Army, Ted was embarrassed by her religious zeal and had a strained relationship with her; he was essentially a latchkey kid who spent his time playing baseball and practicing his swing with a broomstick.
While Jasinski found her passion for cooking growing up as a latchkey kid and preparing meals for her family.
Luper: As a latchkey kid, I used to spend quite a bit of time in the library after school, but one day a kid who had a beef with my older brother threw a punch at me.
Marketers say Generation X shops compulsively to stem their childhood fears of abandonment," Thomas writes in her book, citing her own childhood as a latchkey kid who watched TV in an empty house with her brother every afternoon.