- a line for raising and supporting a spar, as a yard or boom.
Origin of topping lift
First recorded in 1735–45
Also called lift.
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Examples from the Web for topping lift
Hook the topping-lift and forward guy to the boom, and top up on it.The Seaman's Friend
Richard Henry Dana
And being on the top-gallant-yard, the topping-lift broke, and the end I was on went down like the end of a beam.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events
Jerry always remembers things like that and can talk about reef-cringles and topping-lift as if he really knew what they were for.Us and the Bottleman
Edith Ballinger Price
- nautical a line or cable for raising the end of a boom that is away from the mast
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