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stevedore's knot

noun
  1. a knot that forms a lump in a line to prevent it from passing through a hole or grommet.
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Origin of stevedore's knot

First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for stevedore's knot

stevedore's knot

noun
  1. a knot forming a lump in a line, used by stevedores to secure ropes passing through holes
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