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stake boat

an anchored boat to which barges or other boats are temporarily moored.
an anchored boat used as a turning point in races.
Origin of stake boat
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The prize, a bag containing sixty-four dollars, suspended from an oar in the stake boat.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas W. Hastings Macaulay
  • This was to be the possession of the fair rower who, 349 rounding the stake boat first, could return and seize it.

  • This latter was a boat anchored in the middle of the river, and bearing a large red flag, with the words "stake boat" in white.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • They were to paddle to a stake boat, about half way across the river, turn there, and come back.

    The Eight-Oared Victors

    Lester Chadwick
  • Here, each one holding an umbrella in one hand and a palm-leaf fan in the other, they paddled out to the stake boat.

  • "He will pull us all down at this rate," muttered Redman, as the Emma left the stake boat.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic

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