turn·​buck·​le ˈtərn-ˌbə-kəl How to pronounce turnbuckle (audio)
: a device that usually consists of a link with screw threads at both ends, that is turned to bring the ends closer together, and that is used for tightening a rod or stay

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Examples of turnbuckle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But nobody slams a diplomatic face into a turnbuckle. Richard Roth, CNN, 18 Sep. 2023 By 1945, legislators designated the Old Man as the official state emblem, emblazoned on road signs and license plates; a few years later, turnbuckles were installed to further secure the ledges. Jenna Russell John Tully, New York Times, 5 May 2023 Jon Moxley took a Judas Effect after hitting his head on an exposed turnbuckle, only to become the first person to ever kick out of the Judas Effect. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Holliday sneaked in and smacked turnbuckle No. 4 to win the bout. Dan Gelston, ajc, 28 Jan. 2021 Then tighten the turnbuckle until the sagging end of the gate lifts and the latch works correctly. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2023 One cool spot where Charlotte sat on the turnbuckle with Rousey hanging upside down, Rousey straightened up to get in Charlotte’s face and Charlotte punched her to knock her upside down again. Dallas News, 2 Apr. 2022 At one point Lashley climbed to the top turnbuckle and Omos grabbed him and gave him a face-first press slam. Dallas News, 2 Apr. 2022 Maki Itoh’s facials were perfect for the AEW turnbuckle cam. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 19 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turnbuckle was circa 1877

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“Turnbuckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnbuckle. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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