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- n. Plural form of mainsheet.
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After a time, Jaric leaned around her, yanked mainsheets and jib taut, and swung the steering oar to restore Callinde's course.
Stay the mainsheets, matten down the batch covers and mizzle the fizzenmast!
Lashing the wheel I ran forward, eased the fore and mainsheets, took in on the boom-tackles and trimmed everything for the quartering breeze which was ours.
"slacken off the mainsheets," whereupon the lugger was brought alongside the wreck of the cutter.