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What can you think of it, that such a family as ours, should have such a rod held over it?

Many a rod, I grieve to say, was worn to the stump on that unlucky night.

I'm fit to melt—there is no strength left in me; here, come and take the rod!'

I promise you I will,' said the dowager—'here, take the rod!'

The moral inculcated by it is, "Spare the rod and spoil the child."

I carried the rod below, to dry it, and covered the lower part with ashes.

In those days there was royal sport for rod and gun, but books also had a solid worth.

Portland bid us both be of good heart, and volunteered to take the rod from my hands.

Besides, he feared the rod of the monks, or his daddy, if he remained.

Presently the rod must have tapped the sill, with such a start did she face about.


Old English rodd "a rod, pole," which is probably cognate with Old Norse rudda "club," from Proto-Germanic *rudd- "stick, club," from PIE *reudh- "to clear land."

As a long, tapering elastic pole for fishing, from mid-15c. Figurative sense of "offshoot" (mid-15c.) led to Biblical meaning "scion, tribe." As an instrument of punishment, attested from mid-12c.; also used figuratively for "any sort of correction or punishment," but the basic notion is of beating someone with a stick.

As a unit of measure (5½ yards or 16½ feet, also called perch or pole) first attested mid-15c., from the stick used to measure it off. As a measure of area, "a square perch," from late 15c., the usual measure in brickwork. Meaning "light-sensitive cell in a retina" is from 1866, so-called for its shape. Slang meaning "penis" is recorded from 1902; that of "gun, revolver" is from 1903.



nounstick to aid walking of disabled
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.