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skeleton key

a key with the serrated edge filed down so that it can open numerous locks
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SKELETON KEYS At this point, the fossil record contains just enough to keep the scientific debate about prehistoric social support simmering at a slow boil.
Violent villain Robert Palmer (24), of no fixed address, and his accomplices got hold of a set of skeleton keys which opened the firm's vending machines.
It's hard these days to find new skeleton keys to fit the 62-year-old locks on the wooden school doors.
This patented lock system is designed to make picks and skeleton keys useless.
Staff got so used to him that they left him unsupervised - and he used skeleton keys to steal gems from five deposit boxes.
There's no point - all the ghosts have skeleton keys.
In the bag of the future, I'd have skeleton keys, you know, ones that fit everything, one charge card to use for everything and a high-tech phone with all my data stored on it.