To splice the main brace

(Naut.) to give out, or drink, an extra allowance of spirits on occasion of special exposure to wet or cold, or to severe fatigue; hence, to take a dram.

See also: Splice

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Not that there was time to splice the main brace ("We're not allowed to now anyway" admits Cdr Williams), the ship was immediately tasked to hunt down Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi's son, who reportedly fled via the sea.