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small stuff

noun, Nautical.
small cordage, as marlines, yarns, etc.
Origin of small stuff
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, as the awful sounds died away, save for the patter of small stuff on the cabin roof, he breathed naturally again.

  • Larch put off another entertainment of small stuff, with a fifty megaton thermonuclear, viewscreen-piloted, among them.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • We filled the rowboat with the small stuff and towed the saplings and started downstream that way.

    Roy Blakeley Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • He has simply a devastating appetite, and as his taste runs to small stuff and dainties, he is kept on the move.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • At a proper season of the year, when the brush has become dry enough, fire is applied, which consumes much of the small stuff.

British Dictionary definitions for small stuff

small stuff

(nautical) any light twine or yarn used aboard ship for serving lines, etc
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