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  • So saying, Madame de Reybert, nee de Corroy, stood erect as a pike-staff.

    A Start in Life

  • Hyperborean extraction swoop down on to our pond one morning, with many carloads of ungainly-looking farming tools — sleds, plows, drill-barrows, turf-knives, spades, saws, rakes, and each man was armed with a double-pointed pike-staff, such as is not described in the New – England Farmer or the Cultivator.

    Walden

  • He always walked with a sort of pole or pike-staff, considerably taller than himself.

    The Black Dwarf

  • Wessel took a dismantled pike-staff from the corner, and raising it to the high ceiling, dislodged a rough trap-door opening into a garret above.

    Tales of the Jazz Age

  • He leaned on a sort of hunting-spear, which across a theatre looked a slight, silvery wand, but which in the small and comparatively crowded room looked as plain as a pike-staff — and as menacing.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • It is as plain as a pike-staff that we are a nation of perfectly rabid idealists.

    Walking-Stick Papers

  • He reminded his listeners of Lord Beaconsfield's famous saying, and chuckled over the unfortunate woman, "plain as a pike-staff," who had become his benefactress, in consequence of a discreet allusion to the "power of beauty" and a well-placed sigh.

    The Daughters of Danaus

  • For the first stroke of his pike-staff into the bottom of the pit hit upon something hard and resisting.

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North

  • Nevertheless, being young and accustomed to danger, he managed, though much banged and buffeted about by the wind, to fend himself off the rocks with the long pike-staff belonging to the beggar, which Edie had left him for that purpose.

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North

  • Edie marched up and down while he waited for the German, shouldering his pike-staff, and dreaming that he was back again on the outposts with a dozen hostile riflemen hidden in front of him.

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North

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