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turnkey

[ turn-kee ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌki /
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noun, plural turn·keys.
a person who has charge of the keys of a prison; jailer.
adjective
Also turn-key . of, relating to, or resulting from an arrangement under which a private contractor designs and constructs a project, building, etc., for sale when completely ready for occupancy or operation: turn-key housing, turnkey contract.
fully equipped; ready to go into operation: a turnkey business.
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Origin of turnkey

First recorded in 1645–55; turn + key1
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British Dictionary definitions for turnkey

turnkey
/ (ˈtɜːnˌkiː) /

noun
archaic a keeper of the keys, esp in a prison; warder or jailer
adjective
denoting a project, as in civil engineering, in which a single contractor has responsibility for the complete job from the start to the time of installation or occupancy
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