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
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.