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bootjack

[′büt‚jak]
(engineering)
A fishing tool used in drilling wells.
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She has a special fondness for old bottles, old bootjacks, and chipped stone pickling crocks; and her husband, who doesn't share this enthusiasm, has been heard to complain that their living room is beginning to look like somebody's basement.
Immediately after God asks, "`Where is Eve?'" another narrative interruption occurs: "at once all the bootjacks began to leap and chatter and a flight of blackbirds swooped down into the garden and commenced to strut around, exploring into the flower pots with their beautiful shining bills" (267).