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belaying pin

noun, Nautical.
a short, round bar of metal or wood, inserted in a fife rail or pin rail, to which a rope is belayed.
Origin of belaying pin
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I sent a belaying pin after him, and it hit him on the shoulder; but I doubt that it hurt him.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • If a halyard got loose from its belaying pin that night it was not seen again.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • Then he was drawn over to the rail and made fast to a belaying pin.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
  • And just then Trant got in the way of the belaying pin again, and this time he did not seem to want to get up.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • I will try; but if you are having your fun out of me, I will take my fun out of you with a belaying pin.

    Island Nights' Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I've seen him knock a fellow down with a belaying pin, and couldn't lend a hand.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • When he found out what they had to tell he started for the forecastle, grabbing a belaying pin on his way.

  • Dennis snatched up a belaying pin and brought it with all his force against the door, but made no impression on its stout timbers.

  • He had seen coiled on a belaying pin on the bridge a long lead line, and on the deck still unwashed away an old cork fender.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

    Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • They went swinging from belaying pin to cleat above the seas that beat the half-submerged deck.

British Dictionary definitions for belaying pin

belaying pin

(nautical) a cylindrical, sometimes tapered pin, usually of metal or wood, that fits into a hole in a pin or fife rail: used for belaying
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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