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winch

noun [C]     /wɪntʃ/ (also windlass)
a machine that lifts heavy objects by turning a chain or rope around a tube-shaped deviceMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores winch     verb [T] Two helicopters winched the passengers to safety from the deck of the ship.Raising and lowering
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