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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old English cleat

cleat

noun
     
cleat [countable]
1TD a small bar with two short arms around which ropes can be tied, especially on a ship
2 [usually plural]DC a short piece of rubber, metal etc attached to the bottom of a sports shoe [= stud]
3

cleats

[plural] American English a pair of sports shoes with these pieces attached to them, in order to prevent someone from slipping [↪ spikes]

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