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  • n. Alternative spelling of boathook.


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  • The best I could do would be to take a boat-hook and shove you down out of sight.


  • Cloudesley sounded with a boat-hook along the outside.


  • • Liberal Democrat jargon – If I hear another Lib Dem councillor refer to something in his ward as “on my patch”, I shall remove his reproductive organs with a rusty boat-hook.

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  • “I shall remove his reproductive organs with a rusty boat-hook.”

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  • Lord Salisbury, British prime minister and foreign secretary in the last years of the 19th century, famously defined foreign policy as the art of drifting? lazily down a stream occasionally putting out a diplomatic boat-hook to avoid collisions.?

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  • But, like a good many other people, the more he tried to think the less he could think; and Tom saw him blundering about all day, till the coast-guardsmen saw his big fin above the water, and rowed out, and struck a boat-hook into him, and took him away.

    The Water Babies

  • Then he made a running bowline, and slipped the loop on to the shaft of the boat-hook, after which he held out the boat-hook, after the fashion of a fishing-rod, over the place where

    The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'

  • This we did, after which he made fast a piece of salt meat to a bit of spun yarn, and bent this on to the boat-hook.

    The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'

  • No one had the energy to hold on to the rope, or hold the boat-hook to keep us close to her, so at last I did it myself, Richard laughing all the while at their supineness, and at my making myself so officious and energetic.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • I had no mast or sail in mine, but I made a mast out of a spare oar and hoisted a boat-awning for a sail, with a boat-hook for a yard.

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad


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