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When accidentally struck by the janitor's broom, he gives off a cloud of dust.

The janitor was still there on guard, but the body of the dead monkey had been removed.

Yes, I gave the janitor the gold piece for finding your pet cane.

It doesn't do any good to scold the janitor about our cold rooms.

They called the janitor and expostulated volubly, but all to no effect.

"In most places like this, the office boy or the janitor does such work," said Harry.

"Sure, an' Mr. Dart has had the office only about a week," said the janitor.

All went back to the office, and the janitor of the building was called in.

I was janitor as well as pastor of the little white-washed church.

Later it developed the janitor was a captain of police, also a Shriner.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "an usher in a school," later "doorkeeper" (1620s), from Latin ianitor "doorkeeper, porter," from ianua "door, entrance, gate," from ianus "arched passageway, arcade" (see Janus) + agent suffix -tor. Meaning "caretaker of a building" first recorded 1708.

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