from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hook used in handling large pieces of meat, as in pulling them from a pot, caldron, or barrel.
  • noun A hook on which to hang meat.
  • noun In heraldry, a bearing representing a sharp-pointed hook, or more usually three hooks emerging from the same stem.


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  • The pain of the probe was excruciating, like having a white-hot flesh-hook jammed and twisted into his shoulder joint.

    Sharpe's Battle Cornwell, Bernard 1995

  • His left arm saved him, and it was as if someone had plunged a flesh-hook into his armpit, was gouging and twisting, and he sobbed with agony as fresh blood sprang from the opened wound and soaked his chest.

    Sharpe's Gold Cornwell, Bernard, 1944- 1981

  • The churl gave you a blow with the three-pointed flesh-hook in the small of your back, so that it threw you out over the door like a shot.

    Táin Bó Cúalnge. English L. Winifred Faraday

  • On a rough table stood the brass mortar and iron pestle for mixing, the flesh-hook for handling meats, brass skimmer, rolling-pin, and other handy cooking utensils.

    Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century Annie Lash Jester

  • Phinehas, not content with this, sent a servant to seize with a flesh-hook a further portion.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary M.G. Easton 1897

  • The well was cleaned out in later times, and nothing was found but a pair of curious pattens, cut away to receive a high-heeled shoe, also a mazer-bowl, an iron flesh-hook and small cooking-pot, and a multitude of pins, thrown in to make the curious reverberating sound when, after several seconds, they reached the water.

    John Keble's Parishes Charlotte Mary Yonge 1862

  • The "salk" = scoring the skin and the "nashl" = drawing meat from the cooking-pot with the fingers or a flesh-hook or anything but a ladle which would be "Gharf."

    Arabian nights. English Anonymous 1855

  • Hereat the two sat down together in talk while the slaves slaughtered a lamb and flayed it, then, having lighted a fire, they set the meat thereupon in a chauldron and when it was cooked they fished it out with a flesh-hook and scored it [FN#528] and placed it in a mighty platter which they served up to their lord and the King's son.

    Arabian nights. English Anonymous 1855

  • The aptly named Danger (her legal moniker) is equally loquacious about her passion for the extreme body-mod practice of flesh-hook suspension, describing the experience as "amazing and potent."

    Phoenix New Times | Complete Issue 2008

  • For your viewing pleasure, there'll be live flesh-hook suspensions, a freak show, and a spectacular performance by L.A. diva Boom!

    Phoenix New Times | Complete Issue 2008


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  • A term for the heraldry listers.

    December 3, 2010