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jewel block

noun, Nautical
a block at the end of a yard or gaff for supporting a signal or ensign halyard.
Also called dasher block.
Origin of jewel block
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I suppose Nelson will order him to our fore-yard-arm as a jewel-block.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • There it hung, like a jewel-block, and every sign of life was soon taken away.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper

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