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handspike

[′hand‚spīk]
(ordnance)
Handle attached to the trails of certain firearms for ease in handling.
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A BOAT club dance troupe will make history in Mirfield when they perform what is believed to be the world's first 'handspike dance' at a rally open day next month.
The pit, less than 1.7 meters deep, contained a number of worn elk horns that had evidently been used by aboriginal workers as gads and handspikes. Allison and Humphreys deepened the pit and dug gravel which they washed in Silver Bow Creek to the south.
Although flogging had been prohibited by statute in 1850, corporal punishment was not prohibited, the effect being "merely to change its character from the specific to the general: it prohibited the cat; and by implication authorized the use of the belaying-pin and handspike." (7) 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.