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[fawr-top, fohr-; for 1 also Nautical fawr-tuh p, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌtɒp, ˈfoʊr-; for 1 also Nautical ˈfɔr təp, ˈfoʊr-/
a platform at the head of a fore lower mast of a ship.
the forelock of an animal, especially a horse.
Origin of foretop
First recorded in 1250-1300, foretop is from the Middle English word fortop. See fore-, top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Take her from foretop to fetlocks, she's as lovely as a diamond flush.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • There were nine or ten men in the foretop, all lashed and huddled together.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

    Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • We could not see the splash from the bridge, nor could they in the foretop.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • “On our starboard beam, sir,” sang out Masters from the foretop.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • Whenever I have a mind for a filbert, I have only to shake my foretop.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Dock its foretop, do a little doctorin', an' how you goin' to prove it?

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • His foretop was "banged," and he had the air of a mischievous, resolute boy.

  • He stopped in the foretop, repeatedly, and was as often blown away by the wind.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • With that he gave an order to the steersman, and sent Riach to the foretop.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The scunner in the foretop was near blinded by the driven snow.

British Dictionary definitions for foretop


/ˈfɔːˌtɒp; nautical ˈfɔːtəp/
(nautical) a platform at the top of the foremast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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