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GUEST,Tony Black Betty: what's a "shiv"? [Look-a Yonder] (27) RE: Black Betty: what's a "shiv"? [Look-a Yonder] 26 Jan 13

"Shiv" is also another name for a pulley, especially in theater rigging, where it refers to the pulleys mounted on the top surface of the grid deck, with the scenery-raising cables passing over them. It's spelled "sheave," but it's pronounced "shiv."

The theatrical sheave and the sheaf of wheat have the same plural, as in "bringing in the sheaves," but in the theatrical sense it's pronounced "shivs."

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