n.1.(Angling) A stick or device for removing the hook from a fish's gullet.
He . . . wrenched out the hook with the short wooden stick he called a "gobstick."
- Kipling.
2.A spoon.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But more poignantly, we also heard the world premiere of Burnell's The Gobstick's Dream, composed in 1945 for the 13-yearold Jim Page who was learning the oboe, and who was the son of Edmund Page, a governor of Bromsgrove School.
Neither can be revived, both are caught by what time imposes: Fingers and gobstick fail, the hook's fast in the gullet, the barb's behind the root of the tongue and the tight fibre is tearing the mouth and you're caught, mate, you're caught, the harder you pull it the worse it hurts, and it makes no sense whatever in the air or the seas or the rocks how you kick or cry, or sleeplessly dream as you drown.
Clarinets are called "gobsticks", sometimes even by their illustrious owners, and the oboe was, many years ago, condemned to be the "ill wind that nobody blows any good".