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granny knot

or granny's knot

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 called lubber's knot.
Origin of granny knot
1850-55; so called in contempt

lubber's knot

noun, Nautical.
an improperly made reef or square knot, likely to slip loose.
Also called granny, granny knot, granny's knot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for granny-knot

granny knot

a reef knot with the ends crossed the wrong way, making it liable to slip or jam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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