tophamper

or top-ham·per

[ top-ham-per ]
/ ˈtɒpˌhæm pər /
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noun Nautical.

the light upper sails and their gear and spars, sometimes used to refer to all spars and gear above the deck.
any unnecessary weight, either aloft or about the upper decks.

Origin of tophamper

First recorded in 1785–95; top1 + hamper1
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Word Origin and History for top-hamper

top-hamper


1791, originally the upper masts, sails, and rigging of a sailing ship, later extended to modern vessels, from top (n.1) + hamper (n.) in the nautical sense of "things necessary but often in the way."

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