Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A logging sled.
  • noun A railway handcar.
  • noun A jointed tool for cleaning an oil pipeline and disengaging obstructions.
  • noun An iron dart dropped into an oil well to explode a charge of dynamite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A device for exploding a dynamite cartridge in an oil-well. See the extract.
  • noun A movable-jointed contractible apparatus, with interior springs secured to iron plates in overlapping sections, something like an elongated cartridge in shape and about three feet long, introduced into a pipe-line for the purpose of freeing it from obstructions.
  • noun A rough sled used for holding one end of a log in hauling it out of the woods, etc., the other end dragging on the snow or ice. Also called tieboy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Local, U. S., Local, U. S. A weight which is dropped into a bore, as of an oil well, to explode a cartridge previously lowered.
  • noun Local, U. S., Local, U. S. A device, as a loosely fitted plug, which is driven through a pipe by the pressure of the contents behind the plug to clear away obstructions.
  • noun Local, U. S. A rough sled or dray used for dragging logs, hauling stone, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun this sense?) (US, colloquial) A gadget or unspecified device as used in various industries.

Etymologies

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From go + devil.

Examples

  • "Well, this is running your westing down if anybody should ride up in a go-devil and ask you."

    CHAPTER XL

  • Toward the end of the second day, Arapaho Brown began preparing a “go-devil” to finish off the Regulators.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • It's little more than the military version of a putt-putt buggy and no reason imaginable exists for the go-devil venturing off-base.

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  • It's little more than the military version of a putt-putt buggy and no reason imaginable exists for the go-devil venturing off-base.

    Welcome to the feeding frenzy

  • Long before the first nitro-glycerine "go-devil" was sent down, down, to the uttermost depths, to shatter the oil-bearing rock, and set free the wonderful deposit that was destined to mark a new era in the affairs of men, rang out the Biblical mandate: "Let there be light," and in due time the whole world was illuminated.

    Insights and Heresies Pertaining to the Evolution of the Soul

  • The final arrangements were made, and then all was in readiness for dropping the "go-devil," as it is termed.

    Jack Ranger's Western Trip Or, from Boarding School to Ranch and Range

  • "The day isn't over," was the answer, "and I've got two big holes to drop the go-devil down."

    Jack Ranger's Western Trip Or, from Boarding School to Ranch and Range

  • "Well, this is running your westing down if anybody should ride up in a go-devil and ask you."

    Chapter 40

  • Returning at bed time he found his partner webbing a pair of snow-shoes by the light of a stinking "go-devil," consisting of a string suspended in a can of molten grease.

    Pardners

  • He saw that steam was up in the boiler which operated the "go-devil," although the contrivance itself was stationary.

    The Iron Trail

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