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  • He sometimes lifted and sustained enormous weights on his back; and when the occasion demanded it, he replaced that implement which is called a jack-screw, and was formerly called orgueil

    Les Miserables

  • Javert, who had come up at the moment of the accident, had sent for a jack-screw.

    Les Miserables

  • M. Madeleine turned towards those present: — “Is there a jack-screw to be had?”

    Les Miserables

  • The meal was heated in a large, shallow pan, and then subjected to great pressure under a jack-screw.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • It is a mental jack-screw by which we wind ourselves up to a height from which we can look down on lacks in others.

    Observations of a Retired Veteran

  • Before I could apply the elevating mental jack-screw that raises me above all earthly troubles, I could not help feeling that the inquiry was pretty much like asking a scrambling lobster boiling in the pot, if he was not having a real gay evening?

    Observations of a Retired Veteran

  • The quick-ear’d teamsters, and chain and jack-screw men, heard not,

    Song of the Redwood-Tree

  • My mind was eminently disposed toward peace and tranquillity, but who could be peaceful and tranquil with a prospective jack-screw under the very base of his comfort and happiness?

    The Magic Egg and Other Stories

  • I think that it was the deadly dullness of this jack-screw work that I most resented -- the stupid monotony of doing precisely the same sort of utterly wearying work all day long and for day after day.

    In the Sargasso Sea A Novel

  • Then come the barkers, with long iron bars to rip off the thick bark; then the jack-screw men, three or four of whom move a log about easily and rapidly which a hundred men could hardly budge.

    Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands

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