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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish-line with a baited hook which is set or anchored: often a long line stretched horizontally, from which several shorter lines with baited hooks hang.


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  • Not long since we saw one of these birds of unusual size, weighing nineteen pounds; it had been caught in Seneca Lake on the hook of what fishermen call a set-line, dropped to the depth of ninety-five feet, the bird having dived that distance to reach the bait.

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