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.