sheer hook


Definition of sheer hook

: an arrangement of heavy hooks usually on a pole and with the inner surfaces sharpened formerly used to seize and cut an enemy ship's rigging

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History and Etymology for sheer hook

Middle English sherhok, from sheren to shear + hok hook

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“Sheer hook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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