samson post

noun, often capitalized S

Definition of samson post

1a : a post resting on the keelson and supporting a deck beam of a ship
b : a post for use in securing a cable (as the anchor cable)
2 : an upright post that supports the walking beam in an oil derrick
3 : a heavy timber with a chain and hook used for moving logs

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History and Etymology for samson post

after Samson, judge of Israel; probably from his pulling down the pillars of the palace of the Philistines, Judges 16:25–30

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“Samson post.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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