• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pivot-man the soldier or officer who acts as a pivot (see Pivot)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dim. of It. piva, a pipe, a peg, a pin—Low L. pipa.


In literature:

Martin hooked with his left, landing on the pivoting man with the weight of his body behind the blow.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
The man pivoted on his spurred heels and came straight toward me.
"The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers
All except pivot man execute two right obliques.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
First, the pivot man takes a short step instead of marking time.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
The pivotal points of a man are his hat, boots, and tie.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
An impolite man has little control of his eyes or of his pivotal action.
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
Take the nigger for the pivot, an it will suit every man in your party.
"Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia" by Seba Smith
The soul of man circles ever, like the potter's wheel, upon its pivot.
"In the Permanent Way" by Flora Annie Steel

In poetry:

When I undertake to tell the best, I find I cannot,
My tongue is ineffectual on its pivots,
My breath will not be obedient to its organs,
I become a dumb man.
"Carol Of Words" by Walt Whitman
The Pyramids abide; but through the shaft
That held the polar pivot, eye to eye,
Look now — blank nothingness! As though Change laughed
At man's presumption and his puny craft,
The star has slipped its leash and roams the sky.
"The Old Pole Star" by Edith Wharton

In news:

In some ways, the pivotal figure in the research misconduct case at Bell Labs was not Dr J Hendrik Schön, the scientist fired last month for fabricating and manipulating data, but Dr Bertram Batlogg, the man who hired him in 1998.
NEW YORK (AP) — On a weekend in January of 2010, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios pivoted faster than even Spider-Man would dare.
If you've been holding your breath to see whether Mitt Romney would pivot to the center now that it's a two-man race between him and President Obama, you can exhale.
Reeling Ravens face pivotal test against Denver Broncos and a revived Peyton Manning .
Reeling Ravens face pivotal test against Denver Broncos and a revived Peyton Manning.