from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A rope used for sending a topmast or topgallantmast up or down.
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In a few minutes, I had a string of the savages hold of the mast-rope, forward, a luff-tackle being applied.
Under the pretence of making more sail, in order to get the ship's head round, a difficulty I had to explain to Smudge by means of signs some six or eight times, I placed the savages at the _main_-top-mast mast-rope, and told them to drag.
"Fashions change, madam, with the times -- ay, ay, sir -- shake out the reef, and sway away on that mast-rope, boys, as soon as you have manned it.