from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical See halyard.
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And when he has just published _The Cruise of the Cow_; or, _Seven Hours at Sea_, he will be seen with an intense expression tying a bowline on a bight or madly hauling on the throat-halyard -- at
"Why didn't you let go that throat-halyard?" said he, as he walked forward to where the young pilot stood.
Lawry did not need any prompting to do his duty; but before he could let go the throat-halyard, the squall was upon the sloop.
He had ordered the helm to be put up; and Watson had seized an axe, waiting his directions to cut away the mainmast, when the throat-halyard block parted, the peak-halyards had already been let go, and the mainsail coming in of itself, the vessel righted in an instant; then, feeling her helm, and the headsail being yet set, she flew off before the squall.