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n. Nautical
A short line attaching an upper corner of a sail to the yard.

[Perhaps from ear.]


(Nautical Terms) nautical a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
[C17: from ear1 + -ing1 or perhaps ring1]


(ˈɪər ɪŋ)

a rope with a cringle, used for bending a corner of a sail to a yard, boom, or gaff or for reefing a sail.
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Captain Swosser used to say of me that I was always better than land a-head and a breeze a-starn to the midshipmen's mess when the purser's junk had become as tough as the fore-topsel weather earings.
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Janet Parkin-Nash found a jewellery box and a safe emptied of all her bracelets, necklaces, earings and rings as she left to go on holiday to Spain just weeks before Christmas and called police on her return.
According to the shop owners at different markets, the artificial jewellery specially rings, earings, bracelets and chains are in now a days because firstly they are weightless and secondly they are affordable, therefore the sale of artificial jewellery continues throughout the year.
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