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cuckold's knot

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noun Nautical.
  1. a hitch, as for holding a spar, consisting of a single loop with the overlapping parts of the rope seized together.
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Origin of cuckold's knot

First recorded in 1840–50; so called because the noose so made is insecure
Also called cuckold's neck, ring seizing, throat seizing.
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