from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who tends a lock on a canal or stream.
  • n. The box on a door-jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrudes when shot.


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  • Wife of the Britannia lock-keeper, I learned she was.


  • There's just enough room on this one for the lock-keeper's house, his beautifully kept garden and a small copse, one part of which is the tiny, five-pitch campsite.

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  • Several of the locks on the upper reaches of the Thames are home to small, simple campsites overseen by the lock-keeper, often accessible only by boat or on foot.

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  • Mr Mitchell, himself a keen photographer, was challenged twice, once by a lock-keeper while photographing a barge on the Leeds to Liverpool canal and once on the beach at Cleethorpes.

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  • They lived in the flat, watery fens of East Anglia, where Tom's father worked as a lock-keeper.

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  • Well, he would as soon be a lock-keeper as anything else in a humble walk of life — watching water go up and down, and living in that pretty cottage, with nothing to worry about, except — except his daughter!

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  • “Boats go through the lock?” the lock-keeper shouted.

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  • The lock-keeper put his hand to his ear and shouted back, “What?”

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  • Abingdon Lock was closed, and it took us a quarter of an hour to wake up the lock-keeper, who took it out on us by letting the water out of the lock at a trickle.

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  • “I have notified the lock-keeper at Pangbourne Lock.”

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