from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The keeper of a turnpike; a tollman.
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The pike-keeper inflicts daily a legion of infinitesimal annoyances.
We purposely went back by the way we came, and greatly astonished the old pike-keeper by not only paying him his toll, but treble the value of the whisky he had bestowed on us, as well as two or three additional songs.
'What do you mean by a pike-keeper?' inquired Mr. Peter Magnus.
"Be this the vay to Newmarket races?" inquired Jorrocks of the pike-keeper.