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pike pole

(in lumbering) a long pole with a metal point and a fixed hook, for catching and guiding logs.
Origin of pike pole
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He's the fastest, coolest hand that ever balanced a pike pole or rode a log.

    Kindred of the Dust

    Peter B. Kyne
  • That blow with a pike pole was a blow directed at his own face.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • I know how to walk boom-sticks, to handle timber with a pike pole.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • It was made four feet deep and the pike pole was jammed through the soil at as low a point as possible.

    Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
  • With courage born of this hope a man went forward to lower the masthead lights, prodding his way with the pike pole.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • In midstream the men were sacking logs with peavey, or directing with pike pole.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • He beached his canoe among alder bushes, then, pike pole in hand, crept forward.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • Somebody had started the creaking boat with the purchase of a pike pole at the rear.

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