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church key

n.
A can or bottle opener having a usually triangular head.

[From the resemblance of the cap-gripping end of some bottle openers to the ornamental handles of large keys, such as those used to lock church doors.]
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church key

n
(Tools) US a device with a triangular point at one end for making holes in the tops of cans
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church′ key`


n.
Slang.
a small metal can opener for punching holes in the top of a beverage can, as of beer.
[1950–55]
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church key

- Started out as slang for bottle opener in the early 1950s and was considered mildly shocking, even sacrilegious.
See also related terms for shocking.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.church key - can opener that has a triangular pointed end that pierces the tops of cans
can opener, tin opener - a device for cutting cans open
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