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μοχλός (Ion. μοκλός Anacr.88), ὁ, bar, lever, crowbar, used for moving ships, μοχλοῖσιν δ' ἄρα τήν γε κατείρυσεν Od.5.261; or heavy weights, μοχλοῖς καὶ μηχαναῖσιν ἀνελκύσαι Ar.Pax307; for forcing doors and gates, E.Or.1474 (lyr.), cf. Ba.348, 1104, etc.; ὑποβαλόντες τοὺς μ. ὑπὸ τὰς πύλας Ar.Lys.428, cf. Arist.Mech.847b11, al.

II. any bar or stake, as in Od.9.332 the stake which Odysseus runs into the Cyclops' eye, cf. E.Cyc.633.

III. wooden or iron bar or bolt placed across gates on the inside and secured by the βάλανος, τοῦ μοχλοῦ διακοπέντος Th.4.111, cf. 2.4, IG12.313.126; μοχλοὺς ἐπιβάλλειν Ar.Th.415; τὸν μ. ἐμβάλλειν X.An.7.1.12, cf. Ar.Lys.246; μοχλοῖς καὶ κλῄθροισι τὰ προπύλαια πακτοῦν ib.264; τὴν πόλιν ..ἀπεκλῄσατε τοῖσι μ. ib.487; πύλας μοχλοῖς χαλᾶτε by [drawing back] the bars, A.Ch.879; κλῇθρα λύσαντες μοχλοῖς E.IT99 (more naturally κλῄθρων μοχλοὺς λύσαντες, as in Ar.Lys.310 κἂν μὴ ..τοὺς μοχλοὺς χαλῶσιν): metaph., μέγας σοι τοῦδ' ἐγὼ φόβου μ. a bar or defence against fear. S.Fr.760.