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luff tackle

noun, Nautical.
a tackle having a double block and a single block, giving a mechanical advantage of three or four, neglecting friction, depending on which is the standing and which is the running block.
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First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Use either a gun tackle or luff tackle—the latter is preferable—and be sure to give it plenty of drift.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day

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