Definition of come-along in US English:



North American
  • A hand-operated winch.

    • ‘Using a come-along, the sand is leveled to the precise elevation, determined by readings received from the transmitters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others moved the concrete into position with come-alongs.’
    • ‘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.’