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[toh-rohp] /ˈtoʊˌroʊp/
a rope or hawser used in towing boats.
Origin of towrope
1735-45; tow1 + rope Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But, when we agreed to their terms, they laid hold of the towrope and hauled us through in a moment.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • I had to remain on deck to look after the ship, for the tug had got hold of our towrope already.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • Kit looked aft and saw Campeador's boat, lifted half her length out of water, at the end of the towrope.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • While attempting to tow her off the next day, the towrope got foul of a rock and was cut.

  • Uncle Tad got the towrope out from a box, or locker, as Mr. Brown called it.

  • The difficulty was to secure the towrope, while there was no time to be lost if the brig was to be saved.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • The towrope was warped round trees and the loaded canoe tracked up the cascade.

  • Twice yesterday the launch propeller fouled the towrope, once requiring the knife to relieve it.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • Very gallant escorts use a towrope when accompanying a lady on a wheeling spin.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • When a rapid intervenes they strain like bondmen at the towrope; the line creaks under the enormous tension but holds fast.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for towrope


a rope or cable used for towing a vehicle or vessel Also called towline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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