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A loop of rope arranged like a sling, used for raising or lowering casks and other cylindrical objects.
Raise or lower with a parbuckle.‘the gun has to be parbuckled across a ditch’
- ‘Engineers say they only have one shot at parbuckling the ship - and any error during the days-long process could see the ship break apart,.’
- ‘Once the parbuckling is complete, the next phase - removing the ship from its present location and towing it to a mainland port for dismantling - will have to wait another eight to 10 months for winter to pass.’
Early 17th century: from earlier parbunkle, of unknown origin. The change in the ending was due to association with buckle.
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