maintop-bowline love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, something very long: as, his yarn was as long as the maintop-bowline.


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  • The fable of the Tortoise and the Hare affords but a feeble simile to characterize such a match; and before old Hard-a-weather and his gasket had reached the yard-arm, our nimble Mona had trotted half-way up the leach of the topsail, and was seated as familiarly on the bridle of the maintop-bowline, as if he had been perched on the feathery branch of a cocoa-nut tree, enjoying the sea breeze, in his native island, amongst the beautiful Cape de Verdes.

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • a drove of beeves, but is soon undeceived by the crack of the lash -- "long as the maintop-bowline" -- striking against the side of a lagging bullock.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas


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