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capstan bar

a long lever for turning a capstan by hand.
Origin of capstan bar
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Into these the bread was pressed by beating it to powder with a capstan-bar.

  • Madison Washington struck at him with a capstan-bar, and he fell dead at his feet.

    The Freedmen's Book Lydia Maria Child
  • Whereupon Kirkwood backed warily to the rail, abandoned the capstan-bar and dropped over the side.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • With an animal-like scream of rage, a Malay sprang from the capstan-bar where he had been sweating.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • First one that raises a hand off a capstan-bar, drill him through the head.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • An obsolete sea-punishment, in which the offender was sentenced to carry a capstan-bar during a watch.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • “Here, let me come,” cried Dumlow, limping up with his capstan-bar.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • Soon I had two of the enemy backed up to the forehatch, and before their worryin' eyes I flourishes my capstan-bar.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • Nor did I ever have a headache except the time my head was healing after having been laid open for six inches by a capstan-bar.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • And if y'ever handled one you know what a great little persuader a capstan-bar is.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for capstan-bar

capstan bar

a lever, often wooden, for turning a capstan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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