tripping line

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tripping line (plural tripping lines)

  1. (nautical) A small rope attached to the topgallant or royal yard, used to trip the yard, and in lowering it to the deck; also, a line used in letting go the anchor.
    • Stephen Bleecker Luce
      Shot-plug and lead were lowered through the chute, tending the tripping-line of the toggle.