One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A knot that can be undone by a pull.
- ‘Release the slip knot which has kept the sled anchored to a tree, and the adrenaline rush is as good as you'd get flooring the accelerator in a Ferrari.’
- ‘Techniques have been introduced to prevent overdrainage, such as using tight sutures that can be released either by pulling a slip knot or cutting with a laser.’
- ‘They had some black friends who had perfected a trick of making a noose that really had a slip knot to it.’
- ‘Tying a simple length of string slip knot over the jaws and behind the ears of an injured dog, and holding a cat by the scruff of the neck and wrapping it in a towel are effective ways of keeping severe bites to a minimum.’
- ‘With string, you can make a slip knot and use it to tighten down the layers of cardboard.’
- ‘I used a large thimble for the flap cord part, nylon cord for the line, and ended up just tying the cord around the side wire with a slip knot (so I could remove it in flight if there was a problem).’
- ‘In childhood, this game is played out using simple loops and slip knots that hold but let go when pulled.’
- ‘Then, he slung the bat into a vertical position and leaned on it to reach into the corner in order that he might remove a cut section of electrical cord; which, he tied into a slip knot.’
2A running knot.
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