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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tholepin a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
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In literature:

Then Eri hurriedly thrust in the tholepins.
"Cap'n Eri" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Jamming his torch into the clutch of one of the tholepins, he seized the rifle and shot a quick glance ahead of him.
"The Hilltop Boys on Lost Island" by Cyril Burleigh
One oar, the tholepins, and the ballast bags have not yet been found.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds