one of the ropes or tackles used to raise the clews of a square sail to the upper yard or mast.
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Clew-line: A line used to hoist up the lower corners of a sail.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2|Various
British Dictionary definitions for clew line
nautical any of several lines fastened to the clews of a square sail and used for furling it
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