downhaul

noun
down·​haul | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhȯl How to pronounce downhaul (audio) \

Definition of downhaul

: a rope or line for hauling down or holding down a sail or spar

First Known Use of downhaul

1669, in the meaning defined above

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“Downhaul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downhaul. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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