1. a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)
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How To Use marlinespike In A Sentence

  • Everything from tobacco sacks and cigarette papers to a spare cinch and a rope, from a change of clothes to a picture of his family or his girl, from old letters and reading material to a marlinespike, was kept in it. This Calder Range
  • A piece of wood showed among the rubble on the desk, the blunt end of a marlinespike. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • She took two long steps and seized the marlinespike, yanking it off the desk in a shower of rubbish and clanging oddments. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • It had been Captain Vestrit's conceit to keep a marlinespike on the corner of his desk. The Mad Ship
  • That is to say, he hauled a nickel-plated marlinespike thing toward him, shoved another one away from him, took a twist on the steerin 'wheel, the gocart coughed like a horse with the heaves, started up some sort of buzz-planer underneath, and then we begun to move. The Depot Master
  • Brashen had once worked on a ship where the mate was a bit too free with his marlinespike. Ship Of Magic
  • He did so, and had it not been that a writ of Habeas Corpus was immediately sworn out, the Deptford tailor would most certainly have exchanged his needle for a marlinespike. The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore
  • Ronica nodded at Rache, but did not put down the marlinespike. The Mad Ship
  • She kept hold of the marlinespike, but her wrists quivered, and she lowered it. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • For every thumb was a marlinespike and every finger a fid Old Fid
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