block and tackle

noun
|Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of block and tackle

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

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First Known Use of block and tackle

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BLOCK AND TACKLE Defined for English Language Learners

block and tackle

Definition of block and tackle for English Language Learners

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


BLOCK AND TACKLE Defined for Kids

block and tackle

noun

Definition of block and tackle for Students

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


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