from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In whaling, a knife used for cutting the harpoon-line when it is foul.
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His three boats stove around him, and oars and men both whirling in the eddies; one captain, seizing the line-knife from his broken prow, had dashed at the whale, as an Arkansas duellist at his foe, blindly seeking with a six inch blade to reach the fathom-deep life of the whale.
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