A long bramble full of thorns, so called because, “When once they gets a holt [Sussex dialect for hold] an ye, ye doant easy get shut of ’em.” Used by boys to extract rabbits from their burrows by twisting them to fix into their fur.
[This definition comes from ‘A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect’ by The Rev W.D. Parish. published in 1875]
Rev. W.D. Parish