turnkey

[turn-kee]

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

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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Word Origin and History for turnkey

turnkey

adj.

1650s, "jailer," from turn (v.) + key (n.). In reference to a job that only has to be done once, it is recorded from 1934. The notion is of locking up afterward.

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