handspike

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noun hand·spike \ˈhan(d)-ˌspīk\

Definition of handspike

  1. :  a bar used as a lever

Origin and Etymology of handspike

by folk etymology from Dutch handspaak, from hand hand + spaak pole; akin to Old English spāca spoke


First Known Use: 1559


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