- n. nautical alternative spelling of topsail.
“And it's haul and pass, every mother's son, on a ninety-foot tops'l yard”
“And then — "Three red lights in a row on the mizzen tops'l yard," whispered Bush.”
“Tonnant can't see the signal through the mizzen tops'l.”
“No, my man; but lower a whip at once for the sail burton, and you can lower the tops'l tye as well.”
“` Let 'em take their payment out of the fore tops'l, and the main topgallant s'l shall be witness to the bargain! ”
“All sails were brailed except mains'l and tops'l, which were reefed and set against each other to hold her steady in case of a blow.”
“` Up with the jib, reef the tops'l halliards, helm hard alee, and man the guns! roared the captain, as a Portuguese pirate hove in sight, with a flag black as ink flying from her foremast.”
“I weighed a hundred an 'ninety-seven pounds in the buff an' my chest bulged like a goose-wing tops'l.”
“Didn't we have a tops'l carried away -- clean -- in that squall off Swampscott?”
“Starrrrrb'd yer Helllllllm!" or "Ease 'er!" or "Man the tops'l!" or whatever they do and say on Scandinavian boats.”
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