from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The drilled, punched, or reamed hole in a metal plate in which a rivet is to be inserted. Since rivets are usually driven while hot, the rivet-hole is made of an inch larger in diameter than the rivet. The rivet is upset in driving and hence fills the hole.
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"One hot morning, between ten and eleven, I was reaming out a rivet-hole in the tip of the last beam.