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water right

the right to make use of the water from a particular stream, lake, or irrigation canal.
Origin of water right
An Americanism dating back to 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In surprise she turned her head aside, which so angered him, that he dashed the whole of the water right on to her.

    White Dandy; or, Master and I Velma Caldwell Melville
  • If there was a man overboard, he must be in the water right alongside.

    Man Overboard! F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • "There is a pan and water right here on the bench," she said.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • A fine spray skims from the water right across the esplanade.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • There is a great sheet of water right up to the public fish-pond.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • It is bad to go into the water right after eatin, said Perk.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • And the bullets were hitting the water right around us—until we were away out into the sea.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Silence—on both sides—and a hundred thousand for your water right.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • Had Martin Leland come to me and asked for a water right, I should have given it to him freely as you know.

    The Short Cut Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for water right

water right

the right to make use of a water supply, as for irrigation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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