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boat hook

noun
1.
a hook mounted at the end of a pole, used to pull or push boats toward or away from a landing, to pick up a mooring, etc.
Origin of boat hook
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15
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  • The woman had been caught by a boathook in attempting to get into the water.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • We had lost our boathook, and had nothing whatever to navigate our craft with.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • A seaman sounded the depth with a boathook, and reported eight feet.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • The point of the boathook wavered, aimed first at the nonapus, then at the fishman.

  • Smartly he lowered his sail and fastened on the vessel with his boathook.

  • “Be ready with that boathook,” shouted the second lieutenant.

    The Black Bar George Manville Fenn
  • Dance stood ready, but there was no boathook, and he fretfully asked what he was to do.

    The Black Bar George Manville Fenn
  • Porter had been standing close by, the boathook in his hands.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin
  • His intention was to use the boathook to bring the Japanese to terms.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin
  • How I rushed to the rescue and with nothing but the boathook encountered and slaughtered him.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for boathook

boathook

/ˈbəʊtˌhʊk/
noun
1.
a pole with a hook at one end, used aboard a vessel for fending off other vessels or obstacles or for catching a line or mooring buoy
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