blood knot

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blood knot

n.
1. An overhand knot with multiple wraps tied in the thongs of a whip.
2. A knot used to join two lines, especially in fly fishing to attach a leader to the main line, tied by coiling either end around the opposite line and passing the ends between the two lines where the coils meet.

[From the fact that such knots in whips draw blood.]
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Noun1.blood knot - a knot used for tying fishing leaders together; the ends of the two leaders are wrapped around each other two or three times
knot - any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
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