block and tackle


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

Word History

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of block and tackle was in 1717

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Cite this Entry

“Block and tackle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

block and tackle

: an arrangement of pulley blocks and rope or cable for hoisting or hauling

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