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main brace

noun, Nautical.
a brace leading to a main yard.
Origin of main brace
First recorded in 1480-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • By jingo, I think he might say ‘splice the main brace’ now, after all this jollification!

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • In anchoring, you are at the main clew-lines, and the main brace.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • main brace did all the work about the house, except what the Captain did himself.

    Cast Away in the Cold

    Isaac I. Hayes
  • My advice was to grease the bowsprit, let go the mast, and splice the main brace.

  • Why, didn't I see you myself just now when you spliced the main brace?

  • The boat was now under sail, and the crew laid in their oars and “spliced the main brace.”

  • I was moved as out of a revery by the sight of Dale swinging across to the Serapis by the main brace pennant.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • “You are on the main brace,” said Scott, a good-natured young tar, who happened to be near the new student.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • The only other record of the day was that we “spliced the main brace;” that is, gave Jack an extra glass of grog.

  • As he fell he caught hold of the main brace, and was suspended for a minute over the water.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
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main brace

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splice the main brace

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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