Definition of turncock in English:

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turncock

Pronunciation: /ˈtəːnkɒk/

noun

historical
A waterworks official responsible for turning on water at the mains.
Example sentences
  • 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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