marlinespike :

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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