a knot made around and so as to slide along a part of the same rope, thus forming a noose (running noose) that tightens as the rope is pulled.
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- running gaff,
- running gear,
- running hand,
- running head,
- running joke,
- running light,
- running martingale,
- running mate,
- running myrtle,
- running on empty
Origin of running knot
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for running knot
I backed into the corner, and Sears tried to lasso me by throwing the noose or running-knot over my head.