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log reel

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noun Nautical.
  1. a reel from which the line of a log chip runs.

Origin of log reel

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for log reel

Historical Examples

  • When the ship by her rapidity pulls the line off the log-reel, without its being assisted.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • When once old Jack gets his jawing-tacks aboard, his yarn runs off clear and quick, like the line off a log-reel in a breeze.