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 for To reef the paddles
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reef \Reef\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reefed (r[=e]ft); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Reefing.] (Naut.)
     To reduce the extent of (as a sail) by rolling or folding a
     certain portion of it and making it fast to the yard or spar.
     [1913 Webster]
     To reef the paddles, to move the floats of a paddle wheel
        toward its center so that they will not dip so deeply.
        [1913 Webster]

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