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  • n. Plural form of foretopsail.


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  • In obedience to his instructions he went out, and on the 10th of July, being to windward, with the wind at northeast, formed his line-of-battle, and then stood down to attack the French, who waited for him, with their foretopsails aback [69] on the starboard tack, heading to the northward and westward.

    The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783

  • The main and foretopsails both blew out of their gaskets, bellied for an instant, and then burst from the bolt-ropes and flew away, and were speedily lost to sight.

    At Aboukir and Acre A Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt


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