from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A catch-all; specifically, a kind of fishing-net with meshes not less than 2¼ inches in size, used in sea-fishing along the shores of Tasmania between sunrise and sunset.
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"Why, Susan, you little grab-all!" he accused her vivaciously.
But I ain't that sorter man: I'm lib'ral and free-handed to a fault; I ain't no greedy grab-all, not by a long chalk, so you may stay in this here harbour o 'mine so long as you've a mind to.
its definitely a hook but I just don't care, I wonder what a grab-all hook looks like.
"'The grab-all snake!' says Ed. 'And what you goin' to do, Alec? '