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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 ?
All this I did; and when at last I did see a turnkey (poor little fellow that I was
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.
I ate, drank, and was invigorated; when, to add to my good luck, the Sacristan, too totty to discharge his duty of turnkey fitly, locked the door beside the staple, so that it fell ajar.
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.
At length, one day, or one night, (for midnight and midday were of the same color in that sepulchre), she heard above her a louder noise than was usually made by the turnkey when he brought her bread and jug of water.
He himself lighted a lantern, summoned a turnkey, and said, returning to Aramis, "I am at your orders, monseigneur.
Mentioning his name to the turnkey, who however knew him, he said, --
Western beheld the deplorable condition of his daughter with no more contrition or remorse than the turnkey of Newgate feels at viewing the agonies of a tender wife, when taking her last farewel of her condemned husband; or rather he looked down on her with the same emotions which arise in an honest fair tradesman, who sees his debtor dragged to prison for L10, which, though a just debt, the wretch is wickedly unable to pay.
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.
Motioning them to remain where they were, the turnkey knocked at one of these with his bunch of keys.
I had no more business to go to the East Indies than a man at full liberty has to go to the turnkey at Newgate, and desire him to lock him up among the prisoners there, and starve 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.