tom fool knot

noun, often capitalized T&F
variants: or tom fool's knot

Definition of tom fool knot

: a conjuror's knot consisting of two loops which disappear when the ends are pulled

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“Tom fool knot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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