from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gripping device, as for stretching wire, etc., consisting of two jaws so attached to a ring that they are closed by pulling on the ring.

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  • v. come into being or existence, or appear on the scene
  • v. develop in a positive way


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  • No sense burning the extra gas in the summer in order to haul what's in my vehicle now: snacks and water, extra set of pak boots and heavy socks, insulated overalls, snow-shovel, salt, come-along, chain, CLEVIS (everyone forgets the clevis!), old set of used lifting straps to protect trees I winch from ...

    Who here carries an OH S(#* Bag in their vehicle?

  • To this I'd add my Savage24 combo gun, my dear old Jeep Wrangler, The Lehman's 4 ton cast iron framed come-along plus any hammer, axe or knife manufactured by Estwing. (oh and the Leatherman Wave too ...).

    A Remington 870 Can Last Forever

  • We rode here in Ky. looking for elk when I rolled my rig over a cliff, took two winches and a come-along to get it back upon road.

    Ice-Out by Ice Road: Fishing Backcountry Manitoba by ATV

  • However, apologists in Washington for Israel's right-wing government are already repeating the Israeli line that the nonviolent activists were "terrorists" and that they had "weapons" they found on board, such as a wrench, a come-along winch, and other items commonly found on ships.

    Stephen Zunes: Israel's Latest Violation

  • She tucked a claw hammer, vise grips, a come-along, and a supply of wire staples into her pockets, saddled Maudie, rode out.

    Come Again No More

  • Granted, that police work sometimes requires the use of painful “come-along” holds to enforce an arrest, but this is presumably “in the heat of battle,” so to speak.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Can A Suspect Be Tased Into Complying With a Court Order?:

  • Smiling for the sake of onlookers, I grabbed her arm, tucked her elbow inside mine and twisted her wrist into the classic, painful come-along.


  • The man in black tittered and made a come-along gesture with the fin - gers of his right hand.

    Wizard and Glass

  • We have used a large come-along to hold the shed tightly to the main bent.


  • A come-along is used to pull joints tightly together.



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  • Jane was alone dealing with a heifer that was having difficulty delivering a new calf. . . . Jane already had a come-along out and a stainless steel chain . . . . At last Sid got the calf's leg around and we could finally see both little pink hooves. Then we cinched up a small chain around both front feet, attached the chain to the hook and cable of the come-along, and then tried to find something immovable to securely attach the whole contraption to. We chose the entire corner of the big barn. . . . The heifer bellowed, the force of the come-along literally pulled her hind quarters off the ground, and she toppled over on her side in a great floundering struggle.
    Joe Hutto, The Light in High Places: A Naturalist Looks at Wyoming Wilderness, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Cowboys, and Other Rare Species (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2009), ch. 10
    In minutes the heifer was up, and although still not altogether appreciative, she seemed quite pleased with the overall results and held no apparent grudge toward us. She began eagerly examining and cleaning her new calf. . . . The four of us (cow, calf, Sid, and Joe) had, however, managed to break the corner of a one-hundred-year-old log barn, so Sid and I began making repairs with sledgehammers, crow bars, and a wet, messy come-along.

    October 31, 2015

  • See

    Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle) has: "INFORMAL a hand-operated winch."

    October 30, 2015