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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. 2018.
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  • For a mile or so from seaward there was a uniform depth of water right up to the bar.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • "There is a pan and water right here on the bench," she said.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • If there was a man overboard, he must be in the water right alongside.

    Man Overboard! F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • A fine spray skims from the water right across the esplanade.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • It is bad to go into the water right after eatin, said Perk.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • Your water right on Cottonwood lake in return for your freedom.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • Silence—on both sides—and a hundred thousand for your water right.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • It seems a pity to let them wilt, when you can put them in water right here.

    Miss Billy's Decision Eleanor H. Porter
  • But you're going to discover that you haven't this water right, after all.

    The Iron Furrow George C. Shedd
British Dictionary definitions for water right

water right

the right to make use of a water supply, as for irrigation
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