Smoke Pole Meaning
(slang) A firearm.
Example: The central, vertical pole of a teepee.
1989, Reginald Laubin, Gladys Laubin, Stanley Vestal, The Indian tipi: its history, construction, and use
A little cross stick is tied to the smoke pole of the four-pole tipi where it is secured to the flap to prevent its going through too far. The cover for a four-pole tipi is cut quite differently from that for a three-pole one.
2000, Julian Harris Salomon, The Book of Indian Crafts and Indian Lore
To keep the end of the smoke pole from going too far through the hole, a small cross-piece should be lashed to it about two feet from the end.
2015, Barend Van Kimball, Tuck and Nip: A Novel, ISBN 1611392675:
Hanging on the center smoke pole high above the small smoldering fire hung two beadeye dolls.
1962, Ã˜rnulv Vorren & â€ŽErnst Mauritz Manker, Lapp Life and Customs: A Survey, page 44:
These rafters are connected at the top by a round bar, the smoke pole, which also serves to take the hooks on which the cooking pots are suspended.
1979, Philip Drew, Tensile architecture, page 16:
The support structure of the arched-post tent consists of two inclined arches joined by three transverse poles, a ridge or smoke-pole at the top and two other poles at about half the height.
1994, Wesley Ellis, Lone Star 144/sierra, ISBN 1101169435:
Drawing a deep, steadying breath, Barefoot smelled the machine oil of the well-kept smoke pole. His very first shot put an immediate stop to Swann's barraging of Jessie.
2009, Michael Pitzer, Native Re-Enacting Made Easy, ISBN 0981997538, page 5:
When first introduced to the flintlock, Steve and I worked at a State Prison and he made me promise to never utter the words â€œsmoke poleâ€ at work for fear of people getting the wrong idea about us.
2013, Robert F. (Bob) Turpin -, Gun Smoke Justice, ISBN 146894004X:
â€œYou reach for that smoke pole, law dog, and you're a dead man.â€
1885, Gleanings in bee culture Volume 13
A long stick or pole with a burning tip, used to repel insects.
I separate my swarms with my smoke-pole, holding It near the swarm already settled, which will prevent others from settling.
1890, American Bee Journal - Volume 26, page 22:
A smoke-pole is quite handy to keep two or more swarms from settling together.
1998, John S. Marsh & â€ŽBruce W. Hodgins, Changing Parks, ISBN 1554881307, page 126-127:
Another commented on such useful bush-lore as lighting a fire with a shoe-lace, stick, and dry birch bark, and using an â€œIndian smoke poleâ€ to keep bugs away.