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a mooring rope at the bows of a ship
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C16: from head (in the sense: front) + fast a mooring rope, from Middle English fest, from Old Norse festr; related to fast1
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  • In this lay the danger of making fast, for a strong pull from a headfast rope might drag the erection completely over.

    The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy

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