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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, with an eye upon the waiters, Raffles showed me a skeleton key, newly twisted and filed; but my share of the extra pint (I am afraid no fair share) had made me dense.
A paper before Renfrewshire Council's Police and Fire Scrutiny board explains how thieves are using "'skeleton keys' and devices which allow for keyless entry to vehicles."
"The context for me is nostalgia," says Lock, who assembles old portraits and vintage art alongside curiosities such as antique skeleton keys, hard-edged salvaged machinery, and whimsical feathers.
They are both detained.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.The investigation is under way.
'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. God too
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.