common whipping

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A whipping widely used to prevent the strands at the end of a rope from unlaying or fraying. The end of the whipping twine is laid along the rope towards its end and a number of turns of the twine passed round the rope against its lay, each turn being hauled taut. At about half the length of the required whipping, the other end of the twine is laid along the rope in the opposite direction and the whipping continued with the bight of the twine, taking the bight over the end of the rope with each turn. When the bight becomes too small to pass over the end of the rope, the second end of the twine is hauled through the turns until the whole whipping is taut. The two ends are then cut off. See also sailmaker's whipping; west country whipping.

Common whipping

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