rough lock


Definition of rough lock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a chain or rope fastened around the runner of a sled to retard its movement downhill
2 : 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


transitive verb

Definition of rough-lock (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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First Known Use of rough lock

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1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Rough lock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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