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luff

1. Nautical the leading edge of a fore-and-aft sail
2. tackle consisting of a single and a double, block for use with rope having a large diameter
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Afterwards the master said to me in a shy mumble, "She wouldn't luff up in time, somehow.
It's rather a rough day," said the man to us, as we put off: "better take in a reef and luff sharp when you get round the bend.
But they jeered defiantly, for they knew it was in my power to luff the helm and let go the main-sheet, so as to spill the wind and escape damage.