rough lock

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: a chain or rope fastened around the runner of a sled to retard its movement downhill
: a chain tied around the rim of a rear wheel of a wagon and fastened to the wagon reach so that the skidding wheel will retard the movement of the wagon downhill


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transitive verb

: to fasten a rough lock on
rough-locking the wagon wheels, to keep the wagon from pushing the mules when we went downJ. H. Stuart

Word History


Transitive verb

rough lock

First Known Use

Transitive Verb

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rough lock was in 1828

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“Rough lock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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