If my boot should leave a stain on the marble, George must not holystone it away.
He went to the pump for more water, and the man crawled back to his holystone.
My head was like to burst, and my tongue was like a lump of holystone in my mouth.
On deck, the men began to holystone the planks, polish up the brasswork, and make everything shipshape for port.
The Malay swung aside; the holystone crunched into the sack of eggs and slid to earth.
We'll holystone 'em an' slush 'em with hot tar if they give any trouble!
A small flint or stone having a natural hole in it, and worn as a charm, is also called a holystone.
Birch stooped over his holystone, and Peters turned to go forward again.
At five o'clock we have to get up and go inside again so they can holystone the deck.
I need scarcely explain that holystone is a large soft stone, used with water, for scrubbing the dirt off the ship's decks.
soft sandstone used to scrub decks of sailing ships, 1777, despite the spelling, so called perhaps because it is full of holes. As a verb, by 1828.