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half hitch

noun
1.
a knot or hitch made by forming a bight and passing the end of the rope around the standing part and through the bight.
Origin of half hitch
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70
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  • There is no simple knot that you will find more useful than the half hitch.

  • Wind (A) back to the starting point, take a half hitch and let hang.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • The bridle is a rope of horse-hair or of skin, made fast with a half hitch round the animal's lower jaw.

  • Gather up the amount to be shortened, then make a half hitch round each of the bends as shown in the diagram.

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  • When used for hauling spars, a half hitch is added near the end of the spar, Fig. 29.

  • When you have finished take a half hitch (§ 110), and leave a 6-in.

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  • Next wind tying silk (A) back to the starting point, take a half hitch and let it hang.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • Wind ribbing spirally around the body and tie off with two turns and a half hitch of tying silk as Fig. 9.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • Wind (D) back and forth several times to form a tapered body, fasten with two or three turns and a half hitch with (A) Fig. 5.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • This will make a stitch like that shown in Fig. 12 C—what sailors call a half hitch and mothers a buttonhole stitch.

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