marlinespike marlinespike

Definition(s):

  • (n) a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)

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Usage(s):

  1. Last week, when the imprisoned officer was paroled in time for Christmas, the Navy sank its marlinespike even deeper by dunning him for $3,777.
  2. The Academy's first Cuban student, he graduated 126th among 467 in the class of 1920, and was more noted for his "silken line" with debutantes than for marlinespike seamanship.
  3. As to his loyalty to the new Premier, he gave solemn promise that he (a member of the British crew) " would not throw a marlinespike at the skipper.
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