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[pot-hoo k] /ˈpɒtˌhʊk/
a hook for suspending a pot or kettle over an open fire.
an iron rod, usually curved, with a hook at the end, used to lift hot pots, irons, stove lids, etc.
an S -shaped stroke in writing, especially as made by children in learning to write.
Origin of pothook
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, pothook is from the late Middle English word pottehok. See pot1, hook1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Besides, if that failed him, he had usually a pothook handy.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • He covered his hand with a cloth, seized the pothook which hung from the entrance of the chimney, and moved it laboriously aside.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • Sophie would demand from her seat by the pothook; and Mrs. Cloke would answer, smoothing her knees, "For the sake of the place."

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for pothook


a curved or S-shaped hook used for suspending a pot over a fire
a long hook used for lifting hot pots, lids, etc
an S-shaped mark, often made by children when learning to write
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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