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Definition of pawl:

  1. A pivoted tongue, or sliding bolt, on one part of a machine, adapted to fall into notches, or interdental spaces, on another part, as a ratchet wheel, in such a manner as to permit motion in one direction and prevent it in the reverse, as in a windlass; a catch, click, or detent. See Illust. of Ratchet Wheel.
  2. To stop with a pawl; to drop the pawls off.

Synonyms:

firedog, wienerwurst, bounder, frump, frankfurter, weenie, domestic dog, cad, suction stop, andiron, hound, heel, hotdog, blackguard, dog, click, mouse click, detent, hot dog, dog-iron, clink, wiener, frank.

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