Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spike.
“The man to whom these several articles were presented, though he was much more enraptured with a spike-nail half the length of his arm, promised, however, to take care of them, and in particular, not to kill any of the animals.”
“But all that time he held on to a strong spike-nail; and though his hands were bleeding, and almost raw, he would not let go, for he knew that if he did he would lose his only chance of safety.”
“-- A brown mare with an open fetlock joint due to a spike-nail puncture.”
“French, and battles with his own ship-mates, when he and an antagonist used to be seated astride of a sailor's chest, each fastened down, by a spike-nail through his trousers, and there to fight it out.”
“The carpenter of the ship was endeavouring to get the fuses out of the loaded shells with an auger, and a middy undertook to assist him, in characteristic middy fashion, with a mallet and a spike-nail.”
“I stopped till he had done, and then, all wet and glistening, the great dried head with its gaping jaws was replaced on the spike-nail Morgan had driven in the tree.”
“I'll get the hammer and a big spike-nail, and drive it through the back of the skin into that big tree at the bottom.”
“He seemed more delighted with a long spike-nail which was offered him than with the animals.”
“The ladies each received a spike-nail and some beads, greatly to their delight.”
“Turning it upward as he spoke, it was his delight to tell of cruises against the French, and battles with his own shipmates, when he and an antagonist used to be seated astride of a sailor's chest, each fastened down by a spike-nail through his trousers, and there to fight it out.”
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