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To haul with a tackle to make more taut. Thus the tack of a lugsail is bowsed down with a tackle after the sail has been hoisted so that the luff is drawn tauter than can be achieved merely by hauling on the halyards. ‘Bowse away’, the order for all men on the hauling part of a tackle to haul away.

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