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sandspit

noun

a point of sandy deposit built up into a landform which projects into a body of water; also written sand spit

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  • Most of those on the sandspit were obliged to flee for their lives.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • The castaways slowly drifting towards the sandspit are alone.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • They knew that they were following the crest of the sandspit.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • They had already passed the neck of the sandspit where it was lowest.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • It was like their abandoning him upon the sandspit, to the threatening engulfment of the tide.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • The old sailor must be abandoned to his fate, just as he had been left upon the sandspit.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Morning would see all snow-hidden, including the huts of the four remaining natives on the sandspit between the river and the sea.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • The sandspit and the little water-meadow stood forth unshadowed 147 in the spectral glare.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The outfits were piled on a sandspit about a mile below the trading posts of Healy and Wilson.

    Klondike Nuggets E. S. Ellis
  • The current might set against the sandspit which crossed its course, and if so, he might be washed on shore.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
Word Origin and History for sandspit
n.

1854, from sand (n.) + spit (n.).

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