slippery hitch

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A bend or hitch used on board ship to attach a rope to a ring or spar so that, by a pull on the rope, the hitch comes free. This is achieved by passing a bight of the rope under the other part so that when the strain is taken the bight is jammed. A pull on the end of the bight will clear it, and the bend is then dissolved. Hitches most often used in slippery form are sheet bends, clove hitches, and bowlines.

Slippery bowline and slippery clove hitch

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