Definitions for: Turnkey

[n] someone who guards prisoners

Webster (1913) Definition: Turn"key`, n.; pl. Turnkeys.
1. A person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for
opening and fastening the doors; a warder.

2. (Dentistry) An instrument with a hinged claw, -- used for
extracting teeth with a twist.

Synonyms: gaoler, jailer, jailor, prison guard, screw

See Also: keeper, law officer, lawman, peace officer

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