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cant hook

[kant] /kænt/
a wooden lever with a movable iron hook and a blunt, often toothed tip near the lower end, used chiefly for grasping and canting, or turning over logs.
Also called cant dog.
Origin of cant hook
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Abe was interrupted by the excited voice of the man with the cant-hook.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • Not an axe, peavey or cant-hook was touched; not a team was hitched up.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • In that case it must be cut into short billets and rolled, as a cant-hook man rolls a log down a skidway.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • Bill, I believe I can now make even with Kirkpatrick for the two dollars he owes me for the cant-hook.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • The employer had agreed to buy his hired man a cant-hook for handling the heavy logs.

  • MacNutt, when he saw Haggarty drop his cant-hook and jump, ran across to the skids.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • To rectify the fault, Thorpe dug his cant-hook into the timber and threw his weight on the stock.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • As swamper he had more or less to do with a cant-hook in helping the teamsters roll the end of the log on the little "dray."

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • In hiring Lincoln, Kirkpatrick had promised to buy him a cant-hook to move heavy logs.

  • A peavey is like a cant-hook except that it is pointed at the end.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for cant-hook

cant hook

(forestry) a wooden pole with a blunt steel tip and an adjustable hook at one end, used for handling logs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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