Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pin of a large size, said to have been formerly used for fixing a woman's head-dress to a cork mold.
“There is a certain little instrument, the first of those in use with scholars, and the meanest, considering the materials of it, whether it be a joint of wheaten straw, (the old Arcadian pipe) or just three inches of slender wire, or a stripped feather, or a corking-pin.”
“Her aunt's left-off clothes had come to her in a big roll, fastened with a corking-pin.”
“Sydney drew her to the light, opened the bows of his cockade, and displayed a corking-pin stuck upright under each bow.”
“For one of the pages having put my boat into the trough, the governess who attended Glumdalclitch very officiously lifted me up to place me in the boat, but I happened to slip through her fingers, and should have infallibly fallen down forty feet upon the floor, if by the luckiest chance in the world, I had not been stopped by a corking-pin that stuck in the good gentlewoman's stomacher; the head of the pin passed between my shirt and the waistband of my breeches, and thus I was held by the middle in the air till Glumdalclitch ran to my relief.”
“Her aunt’s left-off clothes had come to her in a big roll, fastened with a corking-pin.”
“a corking-pin to run him through the lungs, and whose single kick could hoist him from Dover to Calais without yacht or wherry.”
“I attempted no sophistry with my cousin," said Hamilton, "and for that reason I think I have put the final corking-pin into our friendship.”
“La you there now!" said the Duke -- "The little animal is quite crazed, and defies a man who need ask no other weapon than a corking-pin to run him through the lungs, and whose single kick could hoist him from”
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