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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Origin and Etymology of sheer hook
Middle English sherhok, from sheren to shear + hok hook
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