• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Swivel-hook a hook secured to anything by means of a swivel
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swífan, to move quickly, to turn round.


In literature:

A lost voice alongside started cursing a swivel hook.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
To the pulley block is swiveled a hook, to be hooked into a loop, attached to the forward end of a lever.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
A brass box-swivel is necessary for connecting the line with the snell of the hook.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall

In news:

I'm loaded up with gear — chest waders, two rods, a backpack and a chestpack full of hooks, leader line, weights, swivels, yarn — when an old voice cackled from the bank.
Make a quick squid rig with a snap swivel, 1/2-inch stainless-steel washer, hook, cable and crimps.
Besides 720 different reels , there are sinkers, lures, line, hooks, swivels, tackle boxes, fillet knives, boots, nets, Crawler Cribs, buckets, and waders.
Pull the rig inside the squid with a rigging needle, thread the hook through the head and attach the swivel to your leader.
Nothing sexy about a swivel, hook, line, and sinker.