turn·​buck·​le | \ ˈtərn-ˌbə-kəl How to pronounce turnbuckle (audio) \

Definition of turnbuckle

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web Franco celebrated by jumping on a turnbuckle in a corner of the ring and raising his fists in the air to a cheering crowd. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "‘I want to fight the best.’ After winning middleweight debut, Jaime Munguia ready for more," 12 Jan. 2020 In the end, Becky ended up sending Sasha off the top turnbuckle with a suplex into a pile of chairs that Sasha had set up for the win. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "WWE’s Hell in a Cell ending draws ire of fans," 7 Oct. 2019 There are no ropes or turnbuckles, forcing the action to be real, raw, and authentic. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Josh Barnett’s ‘Bloodsport’ Marries Pro Wrestling and MMA," 13 Sep. 2019 This started a brawl outside the ring, which resulted in Rollins getting the advantage, placing Lesnar on the Spanish announce table, and then hitting a Frog Splash from the top turnbuckle onto Lesnar. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Seth Rollins cleanly beats Brock Lesnar, regains title at WWE Summerslam," 12 Aug. 2019 While the ref tried to get Anderson out of the ring, Gallows attacked, hanging Ricochet on the top turnbuckle. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Brock Lesnar cashes in at ‘Extreme Rules’ to become Universal Champion again," 15 July 2019 Tightening the turnbuckle tensions the cable, lifting the low corner of the gate. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Do Repair Kits for Wood Gates Actually Work?," 22 Apr. 2017 The cable runs diagonally across the gate with the turnbuckle in the center. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Do Repair Kits for Wood Gates Actually Work?," 22 Apr. 2017 Most consist of two to four corner braces, a turnbuckle, cable, and fittings. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Do Repair Kits for Wood Gates Actually Work?," 22 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of turnbuckle

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Turnbuckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnbuckle. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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