clove hitch

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a knot used to fasten a line temporarily to a post or spar

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Turn your back on a length of rope in the bottom of a boat, (it may be called warp, sheet, halyard, but it's still rope) and it will have convoluted itself into a tangle of reef knots, clove hitches, sheepshanks, even grannies.