rough lock

noun

Definition of rough lock

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

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rough-lock

transitive verb

Definition of rough-lock

: 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

Origin and Etymology of rough-lock

rough lock


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