handspike

noun
hand·​spike | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌspīk How to pronounce handspike (audio) \

Definition of handspike

: a bar used as a lever

First Known Use of handspike

1559, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for handspike

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

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“Handspike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handspike. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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