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  • (nautical) A strong rope or chain rigging running from the end of the bowsprit to the ship's stem or cutwater
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

BOB STAY. A rope which holds the bowsprit to the stem or
cutwater. Figuratively, the frenum of a man's yard.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

Bob"stay` (&?;), n. [Bob + stay.] (Naut.) A rope or chain to confine the bowsprit of a ship downward to the stem or cutwater; -- usually in the pl.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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