2. Verb. (third-person singular of turnkey) ¹
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Definition of Turnkeys
1. turnkey [n] - See also: turnkey
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Literary usage of Turnkeys
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Revelations of Prison Life: With an Enquiry Into Prison Discipline and by George Laval Chesterton (1856)
"... THIEVES AND turnkeys. IN the midst of daily discoveries, derivable from various sources, I soon began to appreciate the perplexities of my position, ..."
2. The Newgate Calendar: Comprising Interesting Memoirs of the Most Notorious by Andrew Knapp, William Lee. Baldwin (1824)
"... île contracted an intimacy with the widow of Richard Revel, one of the turnkeys of Newgate ; and, being permitted to transport himself again, ..."
3. The Village Notary: A Romance of Hungarian Life by József Eötvös (1850)
"... meaning thereby the engaging of a person who, for a certain pecuniary consideration, would condescend to act as servant to the turnkeys. ..."
4. Glimpses of the French Revolution: Myths, Ideals, and Realities by John Goldworth Alger (1894)
"Suspects'—Prisons, old and new—Non-resistance—Keepers and turnkeys—Hotel Charges—Diet — Studies — Frivolities ..."
5. Natal Ordinances, Laws, and Proclamations: Compiled and Edited Under the by Natal (South Africa), Charles Fitzwilliam Cadiz (1891)
"turnkeys on night or early morning duty are to keep strict watch ; one of the turnkeys on duty shall every hour walk round the gaol to see that all is well. ..."