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A short length of rope with a thimble spliced into the end, used for various purposes on board ship; in square-rigged ships as a fairlead for the buntlines, for example. The length of wire rope, also with a thimble in the end, which hangs from the lower boom of a ship at anchor, and to which its boats can be made fast, is also known as a lizard.

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