One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A simple brake on a vehicle, especially a stout stick or bar inserted between the spokes of a wheel to check its motion.
2A prop in a coal mine.prop, beam, joist, batten, rod, post, pole, column, strut, stay, support, truss, reinforcement, buttress, shore, stanchion, bracketView synonyms
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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