One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long pole with a hook and a spike at one end, used for fending off or pulling a boat.
- ‘If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore?’
- ‘A Bible, kept for the purpose, was handed from shore to ship at the end of a boathook for the declaration.’
- ‘Shelton handed the boathook to Angus and point at the buoy.’
- ‘A yachtsman, who had been seeking shelter, had used his boathook to keep her afloat.’
- ‘They were dragged across the ice with boathooks.’
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