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[foo t-rohp] /ˈfʊtˌroʊp/
noun, Nautical.
the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails.
Origin of footrope
First recorded in 1765-75; foot + rope Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A footrope ran below the spar; one could balance oneself by its help and he vaguely distinguished somebody close by.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for footrope


noun (nautical)
the part of a boltrope to which the foot of a sail is stitched
a rope fixed so as to hang below a yard to serve as a foothold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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