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tophamper

[top-ham-per] /ˈtɒpˌhæm pər/
noun, Nautical
1.
the light upper sails and their gear and spars, sometimes used to refer to all spars and gear above the deck.
2.
any unnecessary weight, either aloft or about the upper decks.
Also, top-hamper.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; top1 + hamper1
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  • By noon the topmast and much of the tophamper had been removed.

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