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  • n  a leather strap or thong used to attach a sandal or shoe to the foot

  • British Foreign Secretary Austen Chamberlain pulled a string, the string released a weight, the weight hit a plank, the plank moved a rod, the rod tipped a latchet, the latchet .
  • And perhaps, if the deep truth of that symbolism strikes home, he will doff his hat in salutation to a man the latchet of whose shoes he is unworthy to unloose.

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