the cane


: a form of punishment in which a person is hit with a cane or stick
In the past, some teachers would resort to the cane when students misbehaved.

Examples of the cane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ruck explained, lifting the cane up to highlight its silver mermaid handle., 15 Jan. 2024 Prune grape vines to remove 80% to 85% of the cane growth. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024 In addition, cane wounds caused by the thorns on crossing canes allow fungal pathogens to enter the cane, which can open up the plant to cane disease. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Gone was the cane, forgotten was the specter of crippling arthritis. Christopher McDougall and Eric Orton, Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2022 Her father left school in third grade to work the cane. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 At one point, the woman managed to catch the cane and fought to take it out of the man's hands, causing his pants to fall. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 6 Sep. 2023 Patrick Ferguson, Sierra Club senior organizing representative for Florida, has since visited Brazil, which stopped burning sugarcane fields and instead uses equipment that allows farmers to cut the cane. Patrice Gaines, NBC News, 10 May 2023 The disease can move out of the leaf into the petiole and into the cane. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 See More

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“The cane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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