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Meaning of PUMPKIN

Pronunciation:  'pumpkin

Matching Terms:  pumpkin ash, pumpkin pie, pumpkin seed, pumpkin vine, pumpkineer, pumpking, pumpkinseed, pumpkin-shaped

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A humourous term for the token - the object (notional or real) that gives its possessor (the "pumpking" or the "pumpkineer") exclusive access to something, e.g. applying patches to a master copy of source (for which the pumpkin is called a "patch pumpkin").

Chip Salzenberg <chip@perl.com> wrote:

David Croy once told me once that at a previous job, there was one tape drive and multiple systems that used it for backups. But instead of some high-tech exclusion software, they used a low-tech method to prevent multiple simultaneous backups: a stuffed pumpkin. No one was allowed to make backups unless they had the "backup pumpkin".