from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as screw-alley or shaft-alley.
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He glanced back toward the shaft-tunnel leading to the surface of Mimban.
From outer to hawse-hole, from shaft-tunnel to crow's-nest, he explored and loved her.
When she was dry, I went doun the shaft-tunnel, an 'found she was leakin' a little through the stuffin'box, but nothin 'to make wark.