boatswains-chair

boatswain's chair

noun
a seat composed of a plank suspended in a horizontal position from ropes, used by painters and other persons who work on the exteriors of buildings, ships, etc., while seated at a considerable height.

Origin:
1875–80

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boatswain's chair
 
n
nautical a seat consisting of a short flat board slung from ropes, used to support a person working on the side of a vessel or in its rigging

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