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The forward part of a boat, right in the bows, the opposite end to the sternsheets. It has often been suggested that the origin of the term came from the fact that it was in that part of the boat that the sheets of the foresails, when spread, are handled, but, while this is true of sternsheets, the sheets of foresails are almost invariably handled amidships or aft. It is more probable that because the after part of a boat is called the sternsheets, someone decided that the forward part should be called by the opposite name.

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