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topping lift

noun, Nautical.
1.
a line for raising and supporting a spar, as a yard or boom.
Also called lift.
Origin of topping lift
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45
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Historical Examples
  • "Get another pull on your topping lift," ordered Mr. Oliver.

  • Before shaking out a reef, if you have a topping lift fitted pull up on that so as to take the weight of the boom off the sail.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • A wooden derrick (D), provided with topping lift and guys, was mounted on the foremast by means of a band and goose-neck.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • I know every rope on a merchantman, kin name 'em from fore royal stay to topping lift, but that ain't the hundredth part on it.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
  • topping lift—A rope or tackle for lifting and holding up the end of a boom.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • Before you do this be sure and set up the topping lift, and weather preventer if one is fitted.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • You, Archie, will ship the crotch and hook in the tackles when Wesley lowers away on the topping lift.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • For the topping lift use blue-fish line; and for the running rigging, the same.

  • The jib-halyard had a block on the sail, and then, with the topping lift, came down on the port side.

British Dictionary definitions for topping lift

topping lift

noun
1.
(nautical) a line or cable for raising the end of a boom that is away from the mast
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