from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long cord attached to the collar of a hunting-dog to bring him to a sudden stop at the word of command from the trainer.
  • n. In a carriage or other vehicle, a cord to be pulled as a signal; a check-string.


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  • She reached out for the check-cord, but a strong hand held hers.

    The Yellow Crayon

  • She pulled the check-cord, and, as the driver stopped, she leaned out of the window, pointing to a mossy tuft on the margin of the little brook just at the foot of the hill.

    Macaria; or, Altars of Sacrifice

  • Maurice, at a loss to comprehend his father's wishes, did not immediately comply with his request, and the count, with unusual energy, himself caught at the check-cord and pulled it vehemently.

    Fairy Fingers A Novel

  • She pulled the check-cord, and herself gave the order, "To Brown's hotel."

    Fairy Fingers A Novel


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