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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).]
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(Tools) a bar or length of pipe used as a lever
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a bar used as a lever.
[1605–15; < Dutch handspaak (see hand, spoke2), with -spaak replaced by spike1]
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
--was the next command, and the crew sprang for the handspikes. Now, in getting under weigh, the station generally occupied by the pilot is the forward part of the ship.
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. One came in front with a half brick.