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turn·key

 (tûrn′kē′)
n. pl. turn·keys
The keeper of the keys in a prison; a jailer.
adj.
1. Supplied, installed, or purchased in a condition ready for immediate use, occupation, or operation: a turnkey computer system; a turnkey housing project.
2. Of or relating to something supplied, installed, or purchased in this manner: a turnkey agreement.

turnkey

(ˈtɜːnˌkiː)
n
archaic a keeper of the keys, esp in a prison; warder or jailer
adj
(Civil Engineering) 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

turn•key

(ˈtɜrnˌki)

n., pl. -keys,
adj. n.
1. a person who has charge of the keys of a prison; jailer.
adj.
2. ready for occupancy when turned over to the owner: turnkey housing.
3. fully equipped; ready to go into operation: a turnkey power plant.
[1645–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turnkey - someone who guards prisonersturnkey - someone who guards prisoners  
keeper - someone in charge of other people; "am I my brother's keeper?"
law officer, lawman, peace officer - an officer of the law

turnkey

noun
A guard or keeper of a prison:
British: warder.
Translations

turnkey

[ˈtɜːnkiː]
A. N
1. (Hist) → llavero m (de una cárcel), carcelero m
2. (Comput) → llave f de seguridad
B. CPD turnkey system N (Comput) → sistema m de seguridad
References in classic literature ?
He brought in a portmanteau with him, which he doubted its being worth while to unpack; he was so perfectly clear--like all the rest of them, the turnkey on the lock said--that he was going out again directly.
He had liberty to walk in a small paved yard at a certain hour, and learnt from the turnkey, who came to unlock his cell and show him where to wash, that there was a regular time for visiting, every day, and that if any of his friends came to see him, he would be fetched down to the grate.
Wemmick," said the turnkey, who kept us between the two studded and spiked lodge gates, and who carefully locked one before he unlocked the other, "what's Mr.
No; not until he attempted to kill the turnkey, who took his food to him.
Pickwick into the prison; turning to the left, after they had entered, they passed through an open door into a lobby, from which a heavy gate, opposite to that by which they had entered, and which was guarded by a stout turnkey with the key in his hand, led at once into the interior of the prison.
Motioning them to remain where they were, the turnkey knocked at one of these with his bunch of keys.
While they both remained speechless the turnkey entered the room, and, without taking any notice of what sufficiently discovered itself in the faces of them both, acquainted Jones that a man without desired to speak with him.
Behind this turnkey, who introduced the Recorder, Rosa, the fair Frisian maid, had slipped into the recess of the door, with a handkerchief to her mouth to stifle her sobs.
Come, my boy," said the turnkey, "you have always been very quiet and reasonable, but you are getting vicious, it seems, and I wish you to know it in time.
He slept so long and so soundly, that Mr Dennis began to think he might sleep on until the turnkey visited them.
After speaking to the jailer, the magistrate turned to her and said, "The turnkey will take you to the prisoner's cell and leave you there for the night, if you desire it, but you can't have a light during the night--it is contrary to rules.
Still, do not the turnkeys talk with your prisoners?