from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A falling weight, with the necessary framing and hoisting apparatus, used in breaking up the skulls or solidified metal from ladles and runners in steel-works.
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In the belt of each was a skull-cracker -- a sort of sling stone with a long handle -- and
To guard against an unseen foe, you take to the centre of the street -- nasty and muddy though it should be, -- for there you fancy yourself safe from the blow of a skull-cracker, hurled by an unseen hand on watch under a gateway.
Anyhow, there was Robert the Bruce -- he was a king, warn't he, an 'a skull-cracker?
"The liquor men who tried to murder Mr. Smith, the President of the Brome County Alliance, by stunning him with a skull-cracker, and then leaving him on the track, failed in that cowardly and brutal attempt, but have escaped punishment at the hands of the authorities, who seem to be, as usual, perfectly helpless in the matter.