from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wrench, sometimes having sockets of different sizes, used in setting up bedsteads and in taking them apart: little used with modern bedsteads. Also called bed-key.
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She, loyal though excited lady of the castle, shifted her knight's helmet to the right-about and stuffed his buckets, bag, and bed-wrench into his hands.
The bed-wrench caught him directly between the shoulders -- a masterly shot.
"I s'pose you feel like puttin 'on that piazzy hat of yourn and grabbin' your speakin'-trumpet, leather buckets, and bed-wrench, and startin 'for it," sneered Cap'n Sproul in a lull of the wind.
The bed-wrench, chief token of the antiquity of the Ancients, hung from a cord about his neck, and the huge bag, with a puckering-string run about its mouth, dangled from his waist.
He's fined one dollar for ev'ry time he's ketched without his hat, buckets, bag, and bed-wrench hung in his front hall where they belong, other members ten cents.
When the Cap'n scrambled to his feet, loaded with the bed-wrench for his next volley, the man turned and ran for his team.
"Leather buckets, piazzy hat, speakin'-trumpet, bed-wrench, and puckerin'-string bag are in my front hall this minit," said Hiram, cheerily, "and the wife is gittin 'the stuff together for the feed and blow-out next week.