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hasp

A hasp is part of a latch or lock. Most hasps are flat metal plates with a hinge, often including a metal loop that a lock fits through.

If you've ever used a padlock, you've also used a hasp (probably without knowing what to call it). The metal plate that opens and closes and is held shut once you insert your padlock? That's a hasp! Hasp is a verb too, meaning "lock by securing a hasp," although it's rarely used today. The origin of this word isn't clear, but we know it's related to the Norse hespa, "fastening."

Definitions of hasp
  1. noun
    a fastener for a door or lid; a hinged metal plate is fitted over a staple and is locked with a pin or padlock
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    type of:
    catch
    a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  2. verb
    secure or lock with a hasp
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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