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 for Top hamper
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hamper \Ham"per\, n. [See Hamper to shackle.]
     1. A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes. --W. Browne.
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     2. (Naut.) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way
        at certain times. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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     Top hamper (Naut.), unnecessary spars and rigging kept
        aloft.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Top-hamper \Top"-ham`per\, n. (Naut.)
     The upper rigging, spars, etc., of a ship. [Written also top
     hamper.]
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           All the ships of the fleet . . . were so encumbered
           with tophamper, so overweighted in proportion to their
           draught of water, that they could bear but little
           canvas, even with smooth seas and light and favorable
           winds.                                   --Motley.
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