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snatch block

noun, Nautical
a fairlead having the form of a block that can be opened to receive the bight of a rope at any point along its length.
Origin of snatch block
1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for snatch block

snatch block

(nautical) a block that can be opened so that a rope can be inserted from the side, without threading it through from the end
Word Origin
C17: so called because the rope can be inserted quickly: figuratively, the block snatches it. See snatch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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