One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rope for applying force to the blocks of a tackle.See tackle (sense 2 of the noun)
- ‘A memorandum from Colonel George Taylor, dated Middleton, March 12, 1776, states, ‘Received from Wm. Malcolm, eight copper lamps, two tackle falls and blocks, and three casks, and a part of a cask of oil, being articles brought from the light-house on Sandy Hook.’’
- ‘When there are fourteen or more men at a gun, the Port Tackleman and Side Tacklemen, on lower decks, lead out port tackle falls and assist in tricing up port, and when high enough, belay the fall.’
- ‘Take the slack out of the stay by adjusting the tackle fall, then put a tiny drop of super-glue in the last hole to secure the fall.’
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