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n. - A wooden prop used to support the roof of a mine; A chock or bar wedged under a wheel or between the spokes to prevent a vehicle from rolling down an incline.

Usage examples (9)
  • Du Toit: "Was it safe not to put the aeroplane sprag and the farm gate safety devices back in place before knocking off?"
  • The 'Silesian' method includes a "soldier sprag" brace wedged between the props underneath the roof bar to reinforce the props against lateral compressive forces.
  • For all that, it's a sheer impossibility that you should guess who put a sprag in the wheel of Hilton's chariot.
  • But the epitaphs were trim, and sprag, and potent, and pleased the survivors of Thames-Ditton above the old Mumpsimus of 'Afflictions for more
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