- mop + stick (Wiktionary)
“His little square, at first of nearly five octaves, with the "old man's head" to raise the hammer, and "mopstick" damper, was in great vogue, with but little alteration, for forty years; and that in spite of the manifest improvements of John Broadwood's wrest-plank and John Geib's "grasshopper.”
“And should the off-beaten path ever get too bumpy, he'll have his mopstick to lean on.”
“Within ten yards of the door they found Tom, with his back to a wall, defending himself with a mopstick against the assault of three or four soldiers, who, at sight of the Maltese cross, desisted from the attack, and were taken into custody by order of the knight.”
“The centre figure of the High Sheriff, with his tattered and faded finery of office, is equally clever; but the skill with which the artist has contrived to express his forced mirth, and mopstick bravado, is still more forcible.”
“And you'll break a perfectly good mopstick and not hurt the Jap when you do it," said Linda.”
“Here, then, is one that has gained nothing by kings being put down, for I am ruled with a mopstick of iron.”
“a banner of 'Freedom of Election,' hanging on his sabre; behind him stands the Lord High Sheriff, affecting to charge the soldiers with his mopstick and pottle.”
“a mopstick -- he, I do believe, speaks truth, and of a truth follows one scriptural virtue, being no respecter of persons.”
“Comes any of them around me and I'll take my mopstick over the heads of them. ”
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