from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Naut., a rope leading through a block or sheave at the masthead to send a topgallant- or royal-yard up or down.
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"Royal George" had no effect; and when Gardner vehemently reproached the men for skulking from the French, they ran at him; and he would have fared badly had he not placed his neck in a noose of a yard-rope and called on the men to hang him provided they returned to duty.
We've put our heads into the noose, but we're not fools enough to sway away upon the yard-rope; so you may spare yourself the trouble of further talk, and us the trouble of listening to you.
Never forget that you have been with a yard-rope, as it might be, round your neck.
Now, shipmates, "he continued, as the master was hurried below," make up your minds, and quickly too; which will you have, the yard-rope or a pitched battle? "