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fishing sinkers

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sinker

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A weight used in fishing to cause the line or net to sink
    Hook the sinker onto this loop.
  2. (baseball) Any of several high speed pitches that have a downward motion near the plate; a two-seam fastball, a split-finger fastball, or a forkball
    His sinkers drew one ground ball after another.
  3. (construction) Sinker nail, used for framing in current construction.
  4. (slang) A doughnut; a biscuit.
    • 1926, Edna Ferber, Show Boat: A Novel, page 268
      Of the fifty cents, ten went for the glassy shoeshine; twenty-five for a boutonniere; ten for coffee and sinkers at the Cockeyed Bakery.
    • 2001, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862, page 148
      they improvised by opening a barrel of flour and letting each man dump in a quart of water (if he had one) and scoop out a handful of dough to bake into rock-hard sinkers.
    • 2003, William W. Johnstone, Ambush Of The Mountain Man, page 168
      "Gonna have to dip them sinkers in coffee to get 'em soft enough to chew," Jason Biggs said, grinning.

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