guide rope

noun
1.
a rope fastened, usually at an angle, to a hoisting or towing line, to guide the object being moved.
2.
Aeronautics. a long rope hung downward from a balloon and trailing along the ground, used to regulate the altitude of the balloon and to act as a brake.

Origin:
1815–25

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guide rope
 
n
1.  a stay or rope attached to another rope that is lifting a load, either to steady the load or guide the rope
2.  another name for dragrope

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Example sentences
However, if the suspended load does not swing freely, the lack of a tag line or guide rope is not a violation.
The contractor shall utilize a guide rope to facilitate the loading of the tank onto the trailer.
The individual is using a guide rope to position the component.
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