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  • n. Plural form of halliard.


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  • Here's a direct quote: Tend the vangs and flag halliards.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • But when the flagstaff stood there with the old paint all scraped off, and a new knob and halliards, the Captain could not help noticing it, and ordered some paint by telegraph.

    A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings

  • Death to the Redoutable, he thought, and just then the French seamen released the Redoutable's main-yard halliards and the great spar dropped to crash onto the Victory's shattered hammock netting.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • The sun westered, casting the intricate shadow of shrouds and halliards and sails and masts on the green sea.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • Other men were reeving spare halliards and sheets so that heavy coils of rope were forever tumbling through the rigging to thump on the decks.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • The flames spread with extraordinary swiftness, engulfing the great spread of shot-punctured canvas, but Montmorin's men were just as swift, cutting the halliards that held the sail's spar and so dropping it to the deck where they risked the fire to hurl the burning sail over the side.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • The fore and aft derricks were huge glistening Christmas trees, festooned with thick-ribbed woolly halliards and stays, and the anchor chains on the fo'c's'le had been transformed into great fluffy ropes of the softest cotton wool.

    San Andreas

  • The boy danced between the halliards, hauling away number by number, the obscene black bags vibrating in the breeze as they jerked up and down.

    Sharpe's Gold

  • The boat-took released its hold and there was a moment of apparent disorder as the boat left the ship's side and four brawny arms at the halliards sent the balance-eug up the mast.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • Then the boat swung round while the hands hauled at the halliards and the balance-eug rose up the mast.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur


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