from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See sheer-hooks.


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  • At this moment they should sound all the trumpets, and with a lusty cheer from every ship at once they should grapple and fight with every kind of weapon, those with staffed scythes or shear-hooks cutting the enemy's rigging, and the others with the fire instruments [_trompas y bocas de fuego_] raining fire down on the enemy's rigging and crew.

    Fighting Instructions, 1530-1816 Publications Of The Navy Records Society Vol. XXIX.


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