Meaning of “block and tackle” in the English Dictionary

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"block and tackle" in British English

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block and tacklenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌblɒk ən ˈtæk.əl/ us /ˌblɑːk ən ˈtæk.əl/

Examples from literature

  • A combination of pulleys called block and tackle is used where very heavy loads are to be moved. 
  • The larger projectiles had to be whipped up to the muzzle with block and tackle. 
  • The schooner got well to windward of the place where the set was to be made, and the first dory was lowered by a block and tackle. 
  • They pulled the man up with block and tackle. 
  • Using block and tackle in hoisting was a great help. 

(Definition of “block and tackle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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