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boat hook

a hook mounted at the end of a pole, used to pull or push boats toward or away from a landing, to pick up a mooring, etc.
Origin of boat hook
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And while Boxall took the boat-hook to shove off, the rest of us paddled with all our might.

    Saved from the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • Tony obeyed, and took his station in the bow with the boat-hook in his hand.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • Fred took the boat-hook, and went forward to the bow of the Zephyr.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • Fred dropped his boat-hook into the water intending to fasten it into Tim's clothes.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • I took a pull at myself, and the next moment the boat-hook, with the rope attached to it, was round the solid stem of the bush.

    The Treasure of the Tigris A. F. Mockler Ferryman
  • They had all rushed to the moat, and the uncle had pulled Kenneth out with the boat-hook.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • With this the Florida's boat pulled up on the other's quarter, and the bowmen hooked on with the boat-hook.

  • Spars supplied for boats' masts and yards, boat-hook staves, &c.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The boys ran in confusion up and down and shouted, and one of them got hold of a boat-hook.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • I seized the boat-hook and threatened him; I called him fearful names.

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