from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Naut., a rope leading through a block or sheave at the masthead to send a topgallant- or royal-yard up or down.


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  • "Royal George" had no effect; and when Gardner vehemently reproached the men for skulking from the French, they ran at him; and he would have fared badly had he not placed his neck in a noose of a yard-rope and called on the men to hang him provided they returned to duty.

    William Pitt and the Great War

  • We've put our heads into the noose, but we're not fools enough to sway away upon the yard-rope; so you may spare yourself the trouble of further talk, and us the trouble of listening to you.

    The Missing Merchantman

  • Never forget that you have been with a yard-rope, as it might be, round your neck.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

  • Now, shipmates, "he continued, as the master was hurried below," make up your minds, and quickly too; which will you have, the yard-rope or a pitched battle? "

    The Rover's Secret A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba


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