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crabstick

[krab-stik] /ˈkræbˌstɪk/
noun
1.
a stick, cane, or club made of wood, especially of the crab tree.
2.
an ill-tempered, grouchy person; crosspatch.
Origin of crabstick
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; crab2 + stick1
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  • The rider applied the crabstick more vigorously than before.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • crabstick, on this occasion, had not far to go to seek her own couch.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • crabstick, with a good deal of reticence, supported her mistress.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • I have told you the whole story, as it has been told to me by the woman crabstick.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • He told Toney that old crabstick was dead and that he must go home.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • Mrs. J. Oh, Mrs. crabstick, cheer up, just when we've come to such a nice tea-party.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book Lady Florence Bell
  • “It is only to save Diggory the trouble of taking a crabstick to her when he returns from the wars,” said Walter.

    The Pigeon Pie Charlotte M. Yonge
  • crabstick would go down and fetch for her a cup of tea,—and just a morsel of something to eat.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • All which crabstick knew, and would often declare her missus to be "of all missuses the most slyest and least come-at-able."

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • crabstick brought her mistress word that Mr. Greystock was in the parlour soon after nine o'clock.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for crabstick

crabstick

/ˈkræbˌstɪk/
noun
1.
a stick, cane, or cudgel made of crab-apple wood
2.
(informal) a bad-tempered person
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