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main brace

noun, Nautical.
a brace leading to a main yard.
Origin of main brace
1480-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He then gave us a glass of grog all round, and made his own crew splice the main-brace.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He then ordered the purser's steward to splice the main-brace.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The only Christmas kept by the Alabama was the usual “splicing of the main-brace” by the crew.

  • Then he saw the sick men, after which he gave orders to splice the main-brace.

  • The captain praised us, and, as a matter of course in that day, he called all hands to "splice the main-brace."

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • If you don't splice the main-brace, you'll not make a knot an hour.

  • The evening brought the theatricals again, with extempore interludes, and a hearty splicing of the main-brace.

  • He arrived in safety, however, and the grand discovery was duly celebrated and the main-brace properly spliced.

  • Thompson,” said I, “let go the main-sheet and the main-brace.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • We had spliced the main-brace pretty freely throughout the day, and the pull I got in the grocery just made me ripe for mischief.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
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splice the main brace

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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