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noun Nautical.

a fairlead having the form of a block that can be opened to receive the bight of a rope at any point along its length.

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Origin of snatch block

First recorded in 1615–25

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snatch block

noun

nautical a block that can be opened so that a rope can be inserted from the side, without threading it through from the end

Word Origin for snatch block

C17: so called because the rope can be inserted quickly: figuratively, the block snatches it. See snatch
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