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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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And there was no need for the skeleton key after all; the boy opened the outer door with one of his own, and switched on the lights before leaving us.
A traumatic gun, a variety of skeleton keys and devices designed to open mechanical locks were detected during inspection of the criminal group's car.
He has skeleton keys for fingers and uses those skeleton keys to kill people,' said Jason.
Plus, Whannel loads his screenplay with juicy subplots involving the horrors of child abuse, a mother-daughter bond that transcends death, a lifelong sibling hatred that feeds the demon who took their mother, and a particularly nasty demon with skeleton keys for its finger tips.
Empty the storage shed, try to locate the box of skeleton keys.
Security experts have warned that hackers have been preparing for what the 'end-of-life' for Windows XP by stockpiling 'vulnerabilities' that amount to skeleton keys that can give intruders remote access.
He explains the rationale for and basic premises of impressioning; how to utilize different medium for making impressions; how to decode keys; how master-keyed systems work; how overlifting pins works; and how to make skeleton keys, bump keys, and smartkeys.
Once, only residents and council employees had keys that allowed them access to the rear of the properties, unfortunately, with the huge increases in the value of scrap metal, it has made it economically viable for the modern day equivalent of Steptoe and Son to obtain copies of skeleton keys to allow access through any alley gate at will.