nounNorth American informal
A hand-operated winch.
- Because there is no ratchet or coil, it permits very small adjustments, unlike either come-alongs or winches.
- If you have ever looked at the end of a crane, or if you have ever used an engine hoist or a come-along, or if you have ever looked at the rigging on a sailboat, then you have seen a block and tackle at work.
- The underpinning has some eight-ton structural steel sections that had to be placed through windows using chain falls, come-alongs and a trolley system, he adds.
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