from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slender pole from 18 to 25 feet in height used to support a hop-vine.


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  • His buckler was a potlid, his lance a hop-pole shod with iron, and a basket-hilt broadsword, like that of Hudibras, depended by a broad buff belt, that girded his middle.

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

  • She's as lank as a hop-pole and as yellow as a guinea.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • Dumble, the battery captain, looking through the dial-sight of his No. 1 gun, apparently trying to discover whether a black-and-white signalling-pole, planted fifty yards in front of the gun, was in line with a piece of hop-pole fifty yards farther on.

    Pushed and the Return Push

  • And then he challenged the biggest of them to a stand-up fight, and a ring was made and they fought; and certainly it was a strange thing to see Saunders, with his bare arms looking no thicker than a hop-pole, tackling that great fellow, whose right arm was nearly as thick as Saunders's body.

    Amos Huntingdon

  • MY DEAR MR. BEVERLEY, -- The country down here, though delightfully Arcadian and quite idyllic (hayricks are so romantic, and I always adored cows -- in pictures), is dreadfully quiet, and I freely confess that I generally prefer a man to a hop-pole (though I do wear a wig), and the voice of a man to the babble of brooks, or the trill of

    The Amateur Gentleman

  • And others of you, if you had a rabbit's scut at the end of a hop-pole and the gray mud from a rain puddle, would produce work worth considering.

    Lying Prophets

  • At Bexley, as he hurried past, he caught dimly a glimpse of an old nurse whom he remembered trying to break into bits with a hop-pole he could barely lift; and, most singular thing, on the Sidcup platform, a group of noisy schoolboys, with smudged faces and ridiculously small caps stuck on the back of their heads, had scrambled viciously to get into his compartment.

    A Prisoner in Fairyland

  • On the other hand, you have at your feet a man of outstanding ability and high character, and who has attained an extraordinary position -- far better than any aristocratic lath or hop-pole; and you can render him the most material help by your abilities and knowledge of the world.

    Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One

  • As Mrs. Wadleigh approached the door, she gave a rapid glance at the hop-pole in the garden, and wondered if its vine had stood the winter well.

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life

  • Carmichael returned the compliment he swung his hop-pole as the old crusaders did their broadswords.

    The Goose Girl


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