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hockle

[hok-uh l]
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verb (used without object), hock·led, hock·ling.
  1. (of a rope) to have the yarns spread and kinked through twisting in use.
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noun
  1. the spreading and kinking of the yarns in a rope strand.
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Origin of hockle

perhaps hock1 + -le
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hockle

verb hockles, hockled or hockling (intr)
  1. Northumbrian dialect to spit
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