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[top-ham-per] /ˈtɒpˌhæm pər/
noun, Nautical
the light upper sails and their gear and spars, sometimes used to refer to all spars and gear above the deck.
any unnecessary weight, either aloft or about the upper decks.
Origin of tophamper
1785-95; top1 + hamper1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for top-hamper

1791, originally the upper masts, sails, and rigging of a sailing ship, later extended to modern vessels, from top (n.1) + hamper (n.) in the nautical sense of "things necessary but often in the way."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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