marlinspike

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Synonyms for marlinspike

a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)

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Do you want a kick?' By the lord, Flask, I had no sooner said that, than he turned round his stern to me, bent over, and dragging up a lot of seaweed he had for a clout--what do you think, I saw?--why thunder alive, man, his stern was stuck full of marlinspikes, with the points out.