- the light upper sails and their gear and spars, sometimes used to refer to all spars and gear above the deck.
- any unnecessary weight, either aloft or about the upper decks.
Origin of tophamper
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Examples from the Web for top-hamper
Above it the top-hamper of the brig loomed indistinct and high.The Rescue
"You leave my top-hamper alone," said Judson, for the joke was beginning to pall on him.Soldiers Three, Part II.
All her top-hamper had been taken down by Spike, and nothing remained but the plainest and most readily-managed gear.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef
James Fenimore Cooper
"I ain't making any rash promises," stated Captain Downs, walking to the rail and taking a squint at the top-hamper.Blow The Man Down
There was scarcely sea enough to tremble the top-hamper of the unsuspecting man-of-war.A Little Traitor to the South
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Word Origin and History for top-hamper
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