Rusted in their sockets, they resisted him but he spied a pulley-block within reach and used it as a hammer. From Wordnik.com. [Blackbeard: Buccaneer] Reference
The word is thought possibly to have its origins in sailing, where a bollock is a pulley-block at the head of a topmast. From Wordnik.com. [Independent.ie - Frontpage RSS Feed] Reference
Lafe Jeems and Nate Tanner and Jimmy Rosencranz were supplied with some oxen they fastened a chain to each end of the log (Fig. 182), then fastened a pulley-block to the other side of the cabin, that is, the side opposite the skids, and ran the line through the pulley-block to the oxen as it is run to the three men in Fig. 182. From Wordnik.com. [Shelters, Shacks and Shanties] Reference
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