from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A line used to catch fish.


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  • It was Sunday morning, so that the crew, except for working the ship, had its time to itself, and soon the carpenter, with a rope for a fish-line and a great iron hook baited with a chunk of salt pork the size of my head, captured first one, and then the other, of the monsters.


  • The primary sound is produced by a bow of nylon fish-line, which is rosined, and that's just threaded under the piano string and across it.

    Boing Boing 2008

  • I admired his sullen face, the mechanism of his jaw, and then I saw that from his lower lip — if you could call it a lip — grim, wet, and weaponlike, hung five old pieces of fish-line, or four, and a wire leader with the swivel still attached, with all their five big hooks grown firmly in his mouth.

    rainbow, rainbow, rainbow! : Rigoberto González : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation 2007

  • Mr. Paradise had left his automobile back some way on the road and had walked to the place where he was accustomed to sit almost every day, holding an unbaited fish-line in the water while he stared at the river passing in front of him.

    AGoodManIsHardToFindAndOtherStories O'Connor, Flannery 1955

  • They had no fish-line and tackle, but they caught fish in the lake.

    Bird Stories Robert J. [Illustrator] Sim

  • "Bless my fish-line, that's so!" agreed Mr. Damon.

    Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle; or, Daring Adventures in Elephant Land Victor [pseud.] Appleton

  • Her only fear was lest she be entangled in the fish-line.

    The Moving Picture Girls at Oak Farm or, Queer Happenings While Taking Rural Plays Laura Lee Hope

  • So I took my fish-line and sat still as a mouse, while he looked up and down the river, and whistled to himself -- when he got a good idea, I guess, for after he'd whistled some, he'd let the boat drift and make marks in his sketch-book.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull

  • Strung on a fish-line hanging from a spike were a half-dozen swordfish darts.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman or Making Good Albert Walter Tolman

  • Thus Mr.. Bobbsey cried to the small twin, and thus Mr. Bobbsey also warned his son, who had pulled up his pole with a jerk, when he felt a nibble on the fish-line.

    The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat Laura Lee Hope


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