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A bar used as a lever.

[Alteration of Dutch handspaak : hand, hand (from Middle Dutch hant) + spaak, spoke (from Middle Dutch spāke, stick).]


(Tools) a bar or length of pipe used as a lever



a bar used as a lever.
[1605–15; < Dutch handspaak (see hand, spoke2), with -spaak replaced by spike1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handspike - a metal bar (or length of pipe) used as a leverhandspike - a metal bar (or length of pipe) used as a lever
bar - a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"
References in classic literature ?
I almost thought he would sink the ship before the anchor could be got up; involuntarily I paused on my handspike, and told Queequeg to do the same, thinking of the perils we both ran, in starting on the voyage with such a devil for a pilot.
Then he rapped on the door with a bit of stick like a handspike that he carried, and when my father appeared, called roughly for a glass of rum.
His prompt reply to all complaints and remonstrances was--the butt-end of a handspike, so convincingly administered as effectually to silence the aggrieved party.
First mate angry, said it was folly, and to yield to such foolish ideas would demoralise the men, said he would engage to keep them out of trouble with the handspike.
That bravely and uninjured takes the jam which would have snapped all their oaken handspikes and iron crowbars.
The crew fought desperately with knives, handspikes, and whatever weapon they could seize upon in the moment of surprise.
They, however, at length combined, and came upon me, armed with sticks, stones, and heavy handspikes.
Thursday's meeting comes against the backdrop of the case of Warren Lee Hill, who was sentenced to die for the 1990 beating death of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike, who was bludgeoned with a nail-studded board as he slept.
In 1990, he fatally battered fellow inmate Joseph Handspike, drawing the death penalty.