Bob stay


noun Nautical.
a rope, chain, or rod from the outer end of the bowsprit to the cutwater.

1750–60; bob1 + stay3 Unabridged
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bobstay (ˈbɒbˌsteɪ)
a strong stay between a bowsprit and the stem of a vessel for holding down the bowsprit
[C18: perhaps from bob1 + stay³]

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