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rough lock

[ ruhf-lok ]
/ ˈrʌf ˈlɒk /
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noun
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.
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Origin of rough lock

First recorded in 1855–60
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