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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 ?
As we came out of the prison through the lodge, I found that the great importance of my guardian was appreciated by the turnkeys, no less than by those whom they held in charge.
There are only," said the gendarme, "a governor, a garrison, turnkeys, and good thick walls.
Still, do not the turnkeys talk with your prisoners?
But I was doomed to live and in two months found myself as awaking from a dream, in a prison, stretched on a wretched bed, surrounded by jailers, turnkeys, bolts, and all the miserable apparatus of a dungeon.
And I know too, that, bating a certain tacit avoidance of any allusion to to-morrow; such as may be supposed to prevail between delicate-minded turnkeys, and a sensitive prisoner who is to be hanged next morning; we got on very well, and, all things considered, were merry enough.
As they happened to be near the Old Bailey, and Mr Dennis knew there were turnkeys in the lodge with whom he could pass the night, and discuss professional subjects of common interest among them before a rousing fire, and over a social glass, he separated from his companions without any great regret, and warmly shaking hands with Hugh, and making an early appointment for their meeting at The Boot, left them to pursue their road.
From this place, they passed through several strong gates, opened by other turnkeys from the inner side; and, having entered an open yard, ascended a flight of narrow steps, and came into a passage with a row of strong doors on the left hand.
The turnkeys in the prison lobby took off their hats as it passed through, and in another moment the heavy gate closed behind it.
All this I did; and when at last I did see a turnkey (poor little fellow that I was
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.
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, --