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gatepost

[geyt-pohst] /ˈgeɪtˌpoʊst/
noun
1.
the vertical post on which a gate is suspended by hinges, or the post against which the gate is closed.
Origin of gatepost
1515-1525
1515-25; gate1 + post1
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  • Had Dickies courage failed him, had he taken to the woods, or was he upbraiding her of the gatepost for the sin of conceit?

  • After a moment Bob dismounted and threw his reins over the gatepost.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • "Tell you what," cried Peace, from her perch on the gatepost.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Balancing herself on a gatepost and eating cherries was Rosie.

  • Jonathan had put it on the top of a gatepost and was talking to it, as he puffed a cloud of tobacco smoke.

    The Gypsy's Parson George Hall
  • He kicked his boot against the gatepost, and turned away, shaking his head.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • As we neared the girl on the gatepost Dickie gave her a careless glance.

  • The spindle that I put on the gatepost is gone,” he said, “and in its place is an ax.

    Mighty Mikko Parker Fillmore
  • One was found on Wade's own gatepost, and he gave it deep, thoughtful consideration.

    The Nightrider's Feud Walter C. McConnell
  • You can't put it on the gatepost, if you don't know where it is.

    The Diamond Pin Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for gatepost

gatepost

/ˈɡeɪtˌpəʊst/
noun
1.
  1. the post on which a gate is hung
  2. the post to which a gate is fastened when closed
2.
between you, me, and the gatepost, confidentially
3.
(logic) another name for turnstile (sense 3)
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