pile-driver


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pile-driver

n
1. (Civil Engineering) a machine that drives piles into the ground either by repeatedly allowing a heavy weight to fall on the head of the pile or by using a steam hammer
2. informal a forceful punch or kick
Translations

pile2

(pail) noun
a large pillar or stake driven into the ground as a foundation for a building, bridge etc. The entire city of Venice is built on piles.
ˈpile-driver noun
a machine for driving piles into the ground.
References in classic literature ?
I rigged up my pile-driver, and allowed myself fifteen minutes to drive him into the earth -- drive him ALL in -- drive him in till not even the curve of his skull should show above ground.
One night Dag Daughtry sat at a table in the saloon called the Pile-drivers' Home.
But, as he sat in the Pile-drivers' Home, it looked as if his fall-down was very near.
Into another corner the proprietor of the Pile-drivers' Home drew Daughtry to whisper to him:
And night and day the pile-drivers hammered the big piles down into the mud of San Francisco Bay.
But one evening, on his way to work, in a spirit of bravado he went into the Pile-Drivers' Home, the saloon at Seventh and Pine.
78: Hendrie pile-driver is straight at Charles-Cook.
Brownlie crashed an angled 12-yard pile-driver in off the bar in 69 minutes.
But after David Kelly netted in the 30th minute the game around, and only Hurley's pile-driver saw Munster lead by 2-9 to 1-9 at half-time.
Jake Howells' close-range shot was well saved by Rhys Evans and soon after he brilliantly tipped a Luke Gutteridge 20-yard pile-driver over the bar.
* TRAGIC SCENE: Emergency crews and health and safety officers on the building site after the accident yesterday morning * DRAMA: Yorkshire Air Ambulance above the site and the pile-driver, main picture
I especially remember John Allen (the farmer's boy) as well as Alf Cadman and his brothers who formed a tag team, their speciality was the "pile-driver".