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    walk a turn

    Lines from《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:
    "And that's how it came to pass, that on the second-to-last day of
    the job, the convict crew that tarred the plate factory roof in the spring of '49... ...wound up sitting in a row at ten o'clock in the morning, drinking icy cold beer courtesy of the hardest screw that ever walked a turn at Shawshank State Prison."
    What does "walk a turn" mean?

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    Re: walk a turn

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    Lines from《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:
    "And that's how it came to pass, that on the second-to-last day of
    the job, the convict crew that tarred the plate factory roof in the spring of '49... ...wound up sitting in a row at ten o'clock in the morning, drinking icy cold beer courtesy of the hardest screw that ever walked a turn at Shawshank State Prison."
    What does "walk a turn" mean?

    Thanks!
    It means patrolled during a shift (period of duty).

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    Re: walk a turn

    I don't know much prison slang.

    Is a "screw" a corrections officer? The person in charge of the prisoners?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: walk a turn

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't know much prison slang.

    Is a "screw" a corrections officer? The person in charge of the prisoners?
    Yes, that's right, we use the term "screw" in BrE too, their proper title here is Prison Officer.

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    Re: walk a turn

    4. A circuitous walk, or a walk to and fro, ending where it
    began; a short walk; a stroll.
    [1913 Webster]

    Come, you and I must walk a turn together. --Shak.
    [1913 Webster]

    I will take a turn in your garden. --Dryden.
    [1913 Webster]


    Taken from:to a turn - definition of to a turn by the Online Dictionary from Datasegment.com

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