divining rod

noun
a rod, especially a forked stick, commonly of hazel, supposed to be useful in locating underground water, metal deposits, etc.
Also called dowsing rod.


Origin:
1745–55

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divining rod
 
n
Also called: dowsing rod a rod, usually a forked hazel twig, said to move or dip when held over ground in which water, metal, etc, is to be found

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One of the workers then whipped out his divining rod and marked a line between the cities water pressure reducer and the garage.
From the moment she entered the national stage she became a divining rod of public taste.
First, relatedness is the divining rod that separates specific jurisdiction cases from general jurisdiction cases.
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