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ground tackle

noun, Nautical
equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings.
Origin of ground tackle
1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then there was a concerted heave and the ground tackle broke loose and came up with a rush.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • They are also unsteady at anchor, and hard on the ground tackle.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • To men accustomed to anchor near the shore and in very narrow swatchways nothing is more important than their ground tackle.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • It may help him, therefore, in his choice if the writer gives his experience in the matter of ground tackle or mud-hooks.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • But all anchors, cables, and ground tackle generally may be removed on payment of 250 dols.

  • Hold on a minute, lads,” cried Harry to the men in the boat; “are the pumps working free,—is your ground tackle good?

    Saved by the Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • We have no hope left us, but to anchor; our ground tackle may yet bring her up.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Tell you what, if you got ground tackle aboard, drop a hook and come over with me.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • In getting under way and coming to anchor, it is his duty to attend to the ground tackle, and see everything ready forward.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • But apart from the folly of it, there were none of the ships that had ground tackle left that was fit to hold a cat.

    Drake, Nelson and Napoleon Walter Runciman

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