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block and tackle (plural block and tackles or blocks and tackles)

  1. A system in which a rope, cable, or chain (the tackle) is passed over pulleys enclosed in two (or rarely more) blocks, one fixed and one attached to a load, which is used to gain mechanical advantage to lift or pull heavy loads.
    Synonyms: polyspast, muffle, hoisting-tackle
  2. (euphemistic) The underwear combination of stockings worn with a suspender belt.

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