downhaul

[ doun-hawl ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌhɔl /

noun Nautical.

any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use.

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Origin of downhaul

First recorded in 1660–70; down1 + haul
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British Dictionary definitions for downhaul

downhaul
/ (ˈdaʊnˌhɔːl) /

noun

nautical a line for hauling down a sail or for increasing the tension at its luff
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