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rolling hitch

a hitch on a spar or the like, composed of two round turns and a half hitch so disposed as to jam when a stress is applied parallel to the object on which the hitch is made.
Origin of rolling hitch
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • rolling hitch: For shifting the fall from one end of a windlass to the other.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • Calling to Maud to cease lowering, I went on deck and made the watch-tackle fast to the mast with a rolling hitch.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for rolling hitch

rolling hitch

a knot used for fastening one rope to another or to a spar, being easily released but jamming when the rope is pulled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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