turncock


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turncock

(ˈtɜːnˌkɒk)
n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) an official employed to turn on the water for the mains supply
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Noun1.turncock - one employed to control water supply by turning water mains on and offturncock - one employed to control water supply by turning water mains on and off
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job
2.turncock - faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquidturncock - faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquid
faucet, spigot - a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
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Down goes the shepherd to chapel, gives out as he's a persecuted saint, and says he hopes the heart of the turncock as cut the water off, 'll be softened, and turned in the right vay, but he rayther thinks he's booked for somethin' uncomfortable.
Micawber, much affected, 'you will forgive, and our old and tried friend Copperfield will, I am sure, forgive, the momentary laceration of a wounded spirit, made sensitive by a recent collision with the Minion of Power - in other words, with a ribald Turncock attached to the water-works - and will pity, not condemn, its excesses.
With these modest, but, I still think, entirely sufficient possessions, and being always summarily whipped if I cried, did not do as I was bid, or tumbled on the stairs, I soon attained serene and secure methods of life and motion; and could pass my days contentedly in tracing the squares and comparing the colours of my carpet;--examining the knots in the wood of the floor, or counting the bricks in the opposite houses; with rapturous intervals of excitement during the filling of the water-cart, through its leathern pipe, from the dripping iron post at the pavement edge; or the still more admirable proceedings of the turncock, when he turned and turned till a fountain sprang up in the middle of the street.