clove hitch

a knot or hitch for fastening a rope to a spar or larger rope, consisting of two half hitches made in opposite directions, the two parts of the rope emerging also in opposite directions.
Also called builder's knot.

1760–70; see clove3 Unabridged
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clove hitch
a knot or hitch used for securing a rope to a spar, post, or larger rope

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Example sentences
There are times when a pre-formed clove hitch can be slipped over an object
  such as a pike pole or extinguisher.
Lash the poles together at this point using a clove hitch followed by several
  turns and half hitches.
For this skills evaluation checklist, students will tie a clove hitch.
Secure twine around each peg with two or more round turns or a clove hitch.
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