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.

1660–70; down1 + haul Unabridged
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downhaul (ˈdaʊnˌhɔːl)
nautical a line for hauling down a sail or for increasing the tension at its luff

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Example sentences
Operators pulled the downhaul chains to lift the beam and load clear of the ground.
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