One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short bar of iron or steel used as a lever, especially for tightening a box spanner.
- ‘So we are indebted to young Steve Hurrell of Brighton, who tells me that ‘a podger is a steel tool used by scaffolders to tighten and untighten scaffold clamps.’’
- ‘But now Mark, a keen reader of this column and a Merchant Navy second engineer, no less, has sent me a fine drawing of how podgers are used (on land, that is).’
- ‘He also tells me that although his ship still carries podgers on board for pipe-flange aligning, the scaffolders ‘nicked the name’ from the more elevated steel erectors who work much higher up on such mighty structures as pylons.’
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