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[pahr-buhk-uh l] /ˈpɑrˌbʌk əl/
a kind of tackle for raising or lowering a cask or similar object along an inclined plane or a vertical surface, consisting of a rope looped over a post or the like, with its two ends passing around the object to be moved.
a kind of double sling made with a rope, as around a cask to be raised or lowered.
verb (used with object), parbuckled, parbuckling.
to raise, lower, or move with a parbuckle.
Origin of parbuckle
1620-30; earlier parbunkel, of uncertain origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A light yarding or a land clearing donkey furnishes the power to parbuckle the logs into the water.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods Frederick Malcolm Knapp
  • “We must pass straps round this, and parbuckle him up,” he observed.

    Adrift in a Boat W.H.G. Kingston
  • Mr. parbuckle, he ordered me to pacify 'em, an' I was a-doin' the best I could.

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • There was a hearty assent, as Syd said to himself, “What does he mean by ‘parbuckle’?”

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for parbuckle


a rope sling for lifting or lowering a heavy cylindrical object, such as a cask or tree trunk
(transitive) to raise or lower (an object) with such a sling
Word Origin
C17 parbunkel: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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