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downhaul

[doun-hawl] /ˈdaʊnˌhɔl/
noun, Nautical.
1.
any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use.
Origin of downhaul
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; down1 + haul
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  • Her yard and boom were in his linhay, the sheet and downhaul in Tony's.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • The hands "walked away" with the downhaul, and the jib was on the bowsprit in an instant.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • To hoist it, let go the downhaul and royal stay, and haul on the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Haul out on the downhaul, hoisting and lowering on the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Haul aboard by the downhaul, hoisting clear by the halyards.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Small sized vessels have no downhaul to the topgallant studdingsails.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • This did not matter, because he knew they must secure the sail before the tornado broke, and he pulled at the downhaul.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • Let go the halyards and haul on the downhaul, and the yard will be brought close down to the royal yard.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Lower away handsomely on the halyards, hauling down on the sheet and downhaul.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • Reeve the downhaul up through the hanks and make it fast to the head of the sail.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
British Dictionary definitions for downhaul

downhaul

/ˈdaʊnˌhɔːl/
noun
1.
(nautical) a line for hauling down a sail or for increasing the tension at its luff
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