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capstan bar

noun
1.
a long lever for turning a capstan by hand.
Origin of capstan bar
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30
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  • Let us all, of no matter what rank, put hand and strength to the capstan bar!

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • After three days' labor we finally succeeded in sparring her off with a capstan bar, and went on to Memphis.

  • Jacob had fought valiantly for a short time, but he too had been knocked senseless by a blow with a capstan bar.

  • Ledyard had broken French Jack's leg with a capstan bar when Jack came up through the hatch.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • But if I saw a capstan bar lying about here, I would soon manage to shift that billiard table of yours a good many inches.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Carey gave a hearty cheer, while Bostock threw down his capstan bar with a rattle on the deck.

    King o' the Beach George Manville Fenn
  • Forty years ago the sailor sang, as he worked at the capstan bar; now he heaves in silence.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • Desperately I seized a capstan bar and knocked the wedges and battens off a hatch cover.

    Boy Scouts in the North Sea

    G. Harvey Ralphson
  • He must live so far fr'm th' sea that he don't know a capstan bar fr'm a sheet anchor.

  • His quick eye spied a capstan bar which he snatched up as a cudgel.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
British Dictionary definitions for capstan bar

capstan bar

noun
1.
a lever, often wooden, for turning a capstan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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