One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A loop of rope or similar device for securing loose items on a ship.
- ‘Hereafter you can see, in photographs, the process of the making of the beckets which were once made by the late captain.’
- ‘The significant value of this chest is its decorative, unusually large, oversize beckets done in sailor macramé.’
- ‘This chest becket has a mate in which the round sennit at the bottom is painted green.’
- ‘As worn as they are, the beckets were excellently done and probably would still pick up a loaded chest!’
Early 18th century: of unknown origin.
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