bench dog

noun

Definition of bench dog 

: a wooden or metal peg set into the surface of a workbench in order to secure an item Clamp the blank between bench dogs, then use a sharp block plane to refine the profile.— Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, November 1997

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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