down haul

downhaul

[doun-hawl]
noun Nautical.
any of various lines for pulling down a sail or a yard, as for securing in a lowered position when not in use.

Origin:
1660–70; down1 + haul

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downhaul (ˈdaʊnˌhɔːl)
 
n
nautical a line for hauling down a sail or for increasing the tension at its luff

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