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granny knot

noun
1.
an incorrect version of a square knot in which the bights cross each other in the wrong direction next to the end, so as to produce a knot that is insecure.
Also, granny's knot.
Also called lubber's knot.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; so called in contempt
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granny knot

noun
1.
a reef knot with the ends crossed the wrong way, making it liable to slip or jam
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