fluke

Part of speech: noun

The part of an anchor that holds to the ground; a lobe of a whale's tail; a barb on a harpoon.

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Usage examples "fluke":

  1. Really perhaps two masks; not a bad fluke, that. - "Checkmate", Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
  2. " Perhaps I may have another day there," answered the old gentleman, with a pleased smile; for although they roasted him a good deal for mistaking an eagle for a raven, and only gave him credit for a " fluke," it was evident that he congratulated himself not a little on his achievement. - "The Eagle Cliff", R.M. Ballantyne.
  3. Then, lifting her hand, she placed it over Flukey's mouth and whispered: Fluke, Fluke, wake up! - "From the Valley of the Missing", Grace Miller White.