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guest-rope

or guest rope

[gest-rohp]
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noun Nautical.
  1. a rope suspended from the side of a vessel or a boom as an object to which other vessels can moor, or to afford a hold for persons in such vessels.
  2. a line sent out from a vessel to a fixed object or a buoy or anchor to help the vessel in warping.
  3. a line, in addition to the towrope, to steady a boat in tow.
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Origin of guest-rope

1615–25; guest < ? + rope
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British Dictionary definitions for guest rope

guest rope

noun
  1. nautical any line sent or trailed over the side of a vessel as a convenience for boats drawing alongside, as an aid in warping or towing, etc
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