rough lock

[ ruhf-lok ]

  1. a chain, rope, braking shoe, etc., that on a downward slope keeps a wheel from turning, a log from rolling, or a runner from moving; a downhill brake: The steep terrain put a harsh strain on the rough lock, but the mules were patient and we got that wagon down all in one piece.

Origin of rough lock

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby rough lock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rough lock in a sentence

  • They groped along to the door of the bank shanty, and began fumbling with their wire picks at the rough lock.

    Strange Stories | Grant Allen
  • Brit, he reasoned, could not have known before he started that his rough-lock had been tampered with, else he would have fixed it.

    The Quirt | B.M. Bower
  • "He'd no business to start down if his rough-lock wasn't all right," he said.

    The Quirt | B.M. Bower