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granny knot

granny knot

n.
A knot resembling a square knot but with the second tie crossed incorrectly.

[So called in contempt.]

granny knot

or

granny's knot

n
(Knots) a reef knot with the ends crossed the wrong way, making it liable to slip or jam

gran′ny knot`


n.
an insecure version of a square knot in which the bights cross each other in the wrong direction next to the end.
[1850–55; so called in contempt]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.granny knot - a reef knot crossed the wrong way and therefore insecuregranny knot - a reef knot crossed the wrong way and therefore insecure
flat knot, reef knot - a square knot used in a reef line
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