Definition of turncock in English:


Line breaks: turn|cock
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːnkɒk


  • A waterworks official responsible for turning on water at the mains.
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    • On ‘water day’ the turncock of a particular neighbourhood would open the stopcock.
    • In each street turncocks controlled the water, which ran for as little as one to two hours a day two or three times a week in the early days.
    • Some old-stagers stuck to the ancient companies, and to the faces of familiar turncocks.

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