One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A waterworks official responsible for turning on water at the mains.
- ‘Some old-stagers stuck to the ancient companies, and to the faces of familiar turncocks.’
- ‘In each street turncocks controlled the water, which ran for as little as one to two hours a day two or three times a week in the early days.’
- ‘On ‘water day’ the turncock of a particular neighbourhood would open the stopcock.’
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