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boat hook

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
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Once, as he headed obliquely across the river, boathook in hand, a black invisible police-boat shot surprisingly across his bows.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • The point of the boathook wavered, aimed first at the nonapus, then at the fishman.

  • A boathook hauled him back, protesting and fighting to get away.

    The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
  • Smartly he lowered his sail and fastened on the vessel with his boathook.

  • Don't go near the edge of the pier, unless there is somebody at hand to pull you out of the water with a boathook, if you fall in.

    Rollo in Paris Jacob Abbott
  • Porter had been standing close by, the boathook in his hands.

    The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin
  • Ben said not a word, but picked up a boathook, in case it should be necessary to fend off the dory at some turn of the shore.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • His intention was to use the boathook to bring the Japanese to terms.

    The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin
  • A sailor with a boathook in his hand sprang into her bow and stood there motionless while the boat glided on.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • The latter seized his boathook, and they were soon under weigh.

    The Buccaneer Chief Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for boathook


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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