One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is employed to attend and maintain a lock on a river or canal.
- ‘He got away with this for years, mainly because his dad - the lock-keeper at Sonning-on-Thames - was far too busy with sluice gates and idiot boaters to notice his son was a slob.’
- ‘To navigate from Killaloe to Limerick advance notice needs to be given to the lock-keeper at Ardnacrusha, who controls Parteen Lifting Bridge and Ardnacrusha lock.’
- ‘For inexperienced boaties like us, lock-keepers are potentially scary people, but we were reassured by our first encounter.’
- ‘There are lock-keepers, vets and people we meet in bars - I am an old tart, I'll chat to anyone.’
- ‘All down the river we had the expertise and river lore of a remarkable lock-keeper, John O'Neill.’
- ‘As a waterman, and later as a lock-keeper, he has alternative, and distinctly illegitimate, sources of income which are clearly not related to honest sweat.’
- ‘When the ship sought to leave the port of Liverpool, tugmen and lock-keepers refused to assist its free passage.’
- ‘Was it that the telemetry was failing again, and all the phone lines were down, or perhaps the lock-keeper's car was in for a service?’
- ‘Generally, however, on this canal, there's a lock-keeper on hand to oversee what you're doing and give you a hand.’
- ‘The lock-keeper opens the gates to let the boats through.’
- ‘But Davey's quiet life changes when he falls in love with the tactless but vulnerable Sarah, a Scottish bargee who stays with him in his lock-keeper's cottage while her narrow-boat's broken propeller-shaft is repaired.’
- ‘The men will travel home in a bus overnight while the scooters, which can travel at a maximum speed of 8mph, are left with lock-keepers.’
- ‘And when extending a Victorian lock-keeper's cottage into a graduate humanities centre for the college, they went a bit mad and produced an asymmetrical crystalline structure that somehow works just fine in the context.’
- ‘In the last of our series of Tales From The Riverside Stephen Lewis spends a morning with Selby lock-keeper Fred Firth’
- ‘But while the waterways themselves have been revitalised and lock-keepers are in demand once more, the lot of many keepers' cottages has not improved.’
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