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cuckold's knot

noun, Nautical
1.
a hitch, as for holding a spar, consisting of a single loop with the overlapping parts of the rope seized together.
Also called cuckold's neck, ring seizing, throat seizing.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; so called because the noose so made is insecure
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