One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hand-operated winch.
- ‘Others moved the concrete into position with come-alongs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Using a come-along, the sand is leveled to the precise elevation, determined by readings received from the transmitters.’
- ‘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.’
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