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turncock

/ (ˈtɜːnˌkɒk) /
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noun

(formerly) an official employed to turn on the water for the mains supply

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Example sentences from the Web for turncock

  • I laughed at the demise of the Turncock, the Foreigner, the Beadle, and even the baby.

    A Thin Ghost and Others|M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  • They watched him oil a turncock sunk in the ground between two furze-bushes.

    Stalky & Co.|Rudyard Kipling
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