Definitions

from The 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.

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Examples

  • 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.

    A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet

  • Her aunt's left-off clothes had come to her in a big roll, fastened with a corking-pin.

    Nina Balatka

  • Sydney drew her to the light, opened the bows of his cockade, and displayed a corking-pin stuck upright under each bow.

    Deerbrook

  • 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.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • Her aunt’s left-off clothes had come to her in a big roll, fastened with a corking-pin.

    Nina Balatka

  • a corking-pin to run him through the lungs, and whose single kick could hoist him from Dover to Calais without yacht or wherry.

    Peveril of the Peak

  • "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.

    The Conqueror

  • "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

    Peveril of the Peak

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