block and tackle


Definition of block and tackle

: pulley blocks with associated rope or cable for hoisting or hauling

First Known Use of block and tackle

1717, in the meaning defined above

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“Block and tackle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of block and tackle

: a simple device that is used to help lift heavy objects and that consists of rope and boxes containing pulleys

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Kids Definition of block and tackle

: an arrangement of pulleys in blocks with rope or cable for lifting or hauling

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