Turnkeys
Turnkey Turn"key`, n.; pl. {Turnkeys}. [1913 Webster] 1. A person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a warder. [1913 Webster]

2. (Dentistry) An instrument with a hinged claw, -- used for extracting teeth with a twist. [1913 Webster]


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