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toggle joint

noun, Machinery.
any of various devices consisting basically of a rod that can be inserted into an object and then manipulated so that the inserted part spreads, becomes offset, or turns at a right angle to the exterior part, allowing it to be used as a support, handle, linkage, lever, etc.
Origin of toggle joint
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By stepping upon this toggle-joint at its apex, the floor-board will be forced into place.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • You can easily apply all the pressure required by using two short boards on the principle of the toggle-joint.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for toggle-joint

toggle joint

a device consisting of two arms pivoted at a common joint and at their outer ends and used to apply pressure by straightening the angle between the two arms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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