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  1. 1
    the main part of something long and thin, not including the end

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    1. b.
      the handle of a tool

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  2. 3
    literary a long thin line of light

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  3. 4
    literary a clever remark, often one that offends or insults someone

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  4. 5
    literary an arrow

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