foot-rope

footrope

[foot-rohp]
noun Nautical.
1.
the portion of the boltrope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
2.
a rope suspended a few feet beneath a yard, bowsprit, jib boom, or spanker boom to give a footing for a person handling sails.

Origin:
1765–75; foot + rope

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footrope (ˈfʊtˌrəʊp)
 
n
1.  the part of a boltrope to which the foot of a sail is stitched
2.  a rope fixed so as to hang below a yard to serve as a foothold

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