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topman

[top-muh n] /ˈtɒp mən/
noun, plural topmen. Nautical.
1.
a person stationed for duty in a top.
Origin of topman
1505-1515
First recorded in 1505-15; top1 + -man
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  • “The topman was right, sir, you see,” he said to Captain Farmer.

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The topman's voice with an exultant sound Cries: "Love and Glory!"

  • But he, I am sure, will accept ze thanks of topman and Gusher.

    The Von Toodleburgs F. Colburn Adams
  • There was topman and Mrs. topman, moving here and there in all the elegance of full dress.

    The Von Toodleburgs F. Colburn Adams
  • The lieutenant smiled; he was not accustomed to hear a topman have a mister put to his name.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • He sent the topman down into the top for a sail-block and the studding-sail haulyards, made a whip, and lowered me on deck.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • As he was a topman, he lived perched aloft, like a bird, avoiding the soldiers crowded upon the deck.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • The second topman gingerly hoisted the last link in the shaky line of ascent.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • "We endeavor to make everything satisfactory with our customers," resumed Mr. topman.

    The Von Toodleburgs F. Colburn Adams

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