Froe definitions

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A cleaving tool having a heavy blade set at right angles to the handle.
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A cleaving tool with the handle set into the blade at right angles to the cutting edge.
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A cleaving tool for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block.
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A dirty woman; a slattern; a frow.
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Origin of froe

Earlier frower possibly from froward turned away (of the handle)