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mainstay

Nautical the forestay that braces the mainmast
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The foresail went over with a bang, and the foregaff stabbed and ripped through the stay-sail, which, was of course, prevented from going over by the mainstay.
It is the mainstay of our moral system in England, Lady Stutfield.
Designed for an audience of business marketing strategists, this discussion will encompass not only successful mainstay technologies, but also the new media innovations that are picking up rapidly.