from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fishing line with baited hooks left in the water to catch fish over night.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish-line set overnight.
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- n. a fishing line with baited hooks left in the water to catch fish over night
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If his hens laid eggs, they were stolen; and if he set a night-line in the river, some one else always pulled it out and stole the fish and the hooks.
On repairing to the spot next morning, and pulling up his night-line, he found that the magician had failed to
Mary had gone off to set a night-line in an eddy; Stonor lay on his back in the grass smoking, and Clare sat near, nursing her knees.
Then he took to his oars, and rowed to the end of his night-line, tied to the wharf.
As he pushed his boat off, the morning fog was chillier than frost about him; but his heart got lighter as he rowed toward his night-line, and he became even eager for the pleasure of handling his fish.
That day little Baptiste had taken much trouble with his night-line; he was proud of the plentiful bait, and now, as he felt the tightened rope with his fingers, he told himself that his well-filled hooks
"Yes, indeed, grandmother," echoed little Baptiste, thinking of his failure on the night-line.
There were better cricketers, better football players, better hands at setting a night-line, better swimmers than Clem, but he could do something, and do it well, in all these departments.
"And then, in resentment," said the doctor, "the beast twined itself up tightly; -- just like an eel on a night-line, boys," he added.
I say, I mean to set a night-line, and ketch that gentleman.