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Traditional term for a complete turn of a rope when it has been coiled either on deck or on a drum. It can also be used as a verb, so that when a rope has been properly flaked, or faked, down, it is clear for running, each flake running out without fouling those below it. As a verb, it is also the operation of laying out the chain anchor cable of a ship on the forecastle for examination.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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