from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A hand-bar with a bent claw-shaped point for drawing spikes from railroad-ties.
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Everybody could see how the workman's hands, as he labored with the claw-bar to draw the spikes, had cleaned off the rust.
"There's the claw-bar, that the devil done it with," he said.
After some moments he picked up the claw-bar and threw it spitefully into the ditch beside the track, as much as to say,
Directly they appeared in the doorway with a large claw-bar in their hands.