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(formerly) an official employed to turn on the water for the mains supply
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  • They watched him oil a turncock sunk in the ground between two furze-bushes.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • I laughed at the demise of the turncock, the Foreigner, the Beadle, and even the baby.

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    M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James

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