from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hand-tool for clasping the loose ends of wires in fences and telegraph-wires, for the purpose of holding and drawing them together to make a joint.
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After he had made this wire-stretcher the young fellow got along famously upon his fencing and could soon turn his attention to other matters, knowing that the cattle would be perfectly safe in the pasture for the coming season.
The fence had been built by putting strong, high posts in the ground and stretching the wire on with a wire-stretcher, so that it could not be sprung either up or down.