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noun, Nautical Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
an unwhipped rope end.
any strand or rope end left hanging untidily.

noun phrase

The end of a rope, sheet, etc, carelessly left loose or trailing off a boat or ship: Always loose ends. You know what they call them in the Navy? Irish pennants

[1883+ Nautical; the form Irish pendant is found by 1840]


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