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zwei Schlüssel zugleich vorspannen und ... anstoßen

English translation: insert and turn simultaneously

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14:40 Dec 15, 2010
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Construction / Civil Engineering / Locksmithing
German term or phrase: zwei Schlüssel zugleich vorspannen und ... anstoßen
This is from a krimi/thriller novel. After a spate of break-ins one of the main characters has had her front door replaced and this is the description of the new lock.

"[Es gab] eine polierte Chromstahlplatte, in die übereinanderliegend zwei schmale Schlüssellöcher eingelassen waren. (...) Ich fragte mich, ob wohl beide Schlüssel gleichzeitig gedreht werden mussten, um es zu öffnen. (...) Besonders das Klopfen mit einem Skelettschlüssel war praktisch unmöglich, wenn man **zwei Schlüssel zugleich vorspannen und auch noch zum exakt gleichen Zeitpunkt anstoßen** musste."

I have found "prestress" and "pretension" for "vorspannen" but would rather have something less technical. How would you express this in everyday language? Thanks.
Rachel Ward
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:34
English translation:insert and turn simultaneously
Explanation:
Thanks for the support! :-)
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kriddl
Germany
Local time: 18:34
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Thanks kriddl.
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insert and turn simultaneously


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Thanks for the support! :-)

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