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 for Luff tackle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Luff \Luff\ (l[u^]f), n. [OE. lof, prob. a sort of timber by
     which the course of a ship was directed, perh. a sort of
     paddle; cf. D. loef luff, loeven to luff. The word is perh.
     akin to E. glove. Cf. Aloof.] (Naut.)
        (a) The side of a ship toward the wind.
        (b) The act of sailing a ship close to the wind.
        (c) The roundest part of a ship's bow.
        (d) The forward or weather leech of a sail, especially of
            the jib, spanker, and other fore-and-aft sails.
            [1913 Webster]
     Luff tackle, a purchase composed of a double and single
        block and fall, used for various purposes. --Totten.
     Luff upon luff, a luff tackle attached to the fall of
        another luff tackle. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
        [1913 Webster]

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