Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a number of boys on board a man-of-war appointed to attend at the gangway and hand the man-ropes to an officer entering or leaving the ship.

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Examples

  • The stranger looked at the dirty man-ropes which the side-boy held off to him, and inquired if there was not a clean pair?

    Frank Mildmay The Naval Officer

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