guest rope

noun

ˈgeˌstrōp
1
: a line that is supplementary to a towline and is used especially to keep the tow steady
2
: a line run along a ship's side or out to the end of a boom for small boats to hold to

called also boat line, grab rope

Word History

Etymology

probably alteration of guess (as in guess-warp)

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“Guest rope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guest%20rope. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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