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  • The tow-line had now tautened, at right angles to the two boats, and the predicament was laughable.


  • We were sailing on the wind, and when Yellow Handkerchief flattened down the sheet the junk forged ahead and the tow-line went slack.


  • They landed on the bank above and plunged immediately ashore and into the brush with the tow-line.


  • Jesus, it's like four days of driving with a tow-line.

    Archive 2006-04-23

  • When they had been taken to the mouth of the channel leading among the Chonos Islands, Robur shouted to them to cast off the tow-line.

    Robur the Conqueror

  • The agonized whale goes into his flurry; the tow-line is slackened, and the pitchpoler dropping astern, folds his hands, and mutely watches the monster die.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • A coil of new tow-line was then unwound, and some fathoms of it taken to the windlass, and stretched to a great tension.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • And forge me first, twelve rods for its shank; then wind, and twist, and hammer these twelve together like the yarns and strands of a tow-line.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Even the Conference of Scientists couldn't develop a usable formula, any more than they could work out a tractor that could be used as a tow-line on one. '

    Masters Of The Vortex

  • For a moment or two it looked as if the canoe must be crushed like an egg-shell between the bank and the barge, but fortunately at the critical moment an extra strong jerk on the tow-line got it clear, and with a run

    Through Canal-Land in a Canadian Canoe


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