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- To tie reliably.
- 1898, Joseph Conrad, Youth:
- I pulled back, made fast again to the jetty, and then went to sleep at last.
- 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
- It is a well-known fact that an immense proportion of boat accidents would never happen if people held the sheet in their hands instead of making it fast; and yet, unless it be some martinet of a professional mariner or some landsman with shattered nerves, every one of God's creatures makes it fast.