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thumbpiece

[thuhm-pees] /ˈθʌmˌpis/
noun
1.
a lever over the hinge on the lid of a tankard, pressed by the thumb to raise the lid.
Also called billet.
Origin of thumbpiece
1750-1760
1750-60; thumb + piece
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  • A thumbpiece must be sewn on the bag at the hasp to open it by.

  • Above the handle, and attached to the lid, a metal flange or thumbpiece.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • He knows it will squirt if he touches the thumbpiece, but it is as liable to hit him in the face, or wet his feet as anything.

  • Grasp the handle, press your thumb on the thumbpiece—and presto, the lid heaves up.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • They were almost upon him when Kalvar Dard pressed in the thumbpiece of the bomb; they were clutching at him when he released it.

    Genesis H. Beam Piper

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