turn-key

turnkey

[turn-kee]
noun, plural turnkeys..
1.
a person who has charge of the keys of a prison; jailer.
adjective
2.
Also, turn-key. of, pertaining to, or resulting from an arrangement under which a private contractor designs and constructs a project, building, etc., for sale when completely ready for occupancy or operation: turn-key housing, turnkey contract.
3.
fully equipped; ready to go into operation: a turnkey business.

Origin:
1645–55; turn + key1

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turnkey (ˈtɜːnˌkiː)
 
n
1.  archaic a keeper of the keys, esp in a prison; warder or jailer
 
adj
2.  denoting a project, as in civil engineering, in which a single contractor has responsibility for the complete job from the start to the time of installation or occupancy

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turnkey
1654, "jailer," from turn + key. In ref. to a job that only has to be done once, it is recorded from 1934. The notion is of locking up afterward.
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turn-key definition

jargon, application
A term which describes a complete system (hardware and software) which can be used for a specific application without requiring further programming or software installation. The user can just "turn the key" (switch it on) and use it.
Compare end-to-end solution.
(2006-03-30)

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