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handspike

[′hand‚spīk]
(ordnance)
Handle attached to the trails of certain firearms for ease in handling.
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7 meters deep, contained a number of worn elk horns that had evidently been used by aboriginal workers as gads and handspikes.
It wasn't until 1898--several years after the setting of the tale--that the White Act prohibited corporal punishment "such as that meted out by the `bully mates' who hitherto had relied on their fists, belaying pins, and handspikes to enforce discipline," (8) often in an arbitrary or brutal manner.
Armed with pistols, bowie knives, and handspikes, the slaves quickly took control of the ship while most of the crew were sleeping.
For example, in Ezekiel 39, if the future were predicted, the weapons listed would be tanks, artillery, bombs, or missiles--not "shields and bucklers, bows and arrows, handspikes and spears.