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skyhook

[skahy-hoo k]
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noun
  1. a fanciful hook imagined to be suspended in the air.
  2. any of various lifting devices, as one hung from a helicopter, designed to lift heavy loads to distances beyond the reach of a jib crane.
  3. a high, arching hook shot in basketball.

Origin of skyhook

First recorded in 1910–15; sky + hook1
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Word Origin and History for skyhook

n.

also sky-hook, "imaginary device to hold things up," 1915, originally aviators' jargon, from sky (n.) + hook (n.). Applied from 1935 to actual device for lifting things into the air.

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