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- n. Plural form of cat-harping.
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"Well, there is a jolly row on board now, anyhow," added Wilton, as he prepared to descend over the cat-harpings.
At this order thirty of the young tars ran up the shrouds, over the cat-harpings, and up the rigging, till they reached the fore, main, and mizzen topsail yards.
Little rose from his seat in the main-top, and looked over to see that no inquisitive person was concealed on the cat-harpings.
The midshipman told me these were called the cat-harpings, because they were so difficult to climb, that a cat would expostulate if ordered to go out by them.
The tops of all the two-decked ships are as plainly to be seen, as if the air were without a particle of vapour, while all below the cat-harpings is hid in a cloud as thick as the smoke of battle.