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cant hook

[kant] /kænt/
noun
1.
a wooden lever with a movable iron hook and a blunt, often toothed tip near the lower end, used chiefly for grasping and canting, or turning over logs.
Also called cant dog.
Origin of cant hook
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • The sheriff grinned as he noticed the cant hook on the ground.

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  • Thayer moved forward belligerently, one hand reaching toward a cant hook near by.

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  • Ba'tiste reached for the cant hook, and balancing it lightly in one hand, sought a resting place on the edge of the flume.

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  • Ba'tiste's grip tightened about the cant hook and he rose, squaring himself.

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  • A moment more, and Ba'tiste, with a sudden exclamation, allowed his cant hook to drop to the ground.

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British Dictionary definitions for cant hook

cant hook

noun
1.
(forestry) a wooden pole with a blunt steel tip and an adjustable hook at one end, used for handling logs
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