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also top ham·per (tŏp′hăm′pər)
1. Nautical Weight or materials, such as rigging, cables, and spars, stored either aloft or on the upper decks.
2. Cumbersome, unnecessary matter.
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Daughtry and the captain emerged last from the cabin, and both stared upward for a moment at the gaps in the slender, sky- scraping top-hamper, where, only minutes before, the main- and mizzen-topmasts had been.
But then us girlies did have to run ``slalom-style''around a series of cones in 27 seconds or less.I'mprobably biased, but gents aren't hampered by lady-like top-hamper and your actual child-bearing hips.