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noun 
  1. a hoisting device, such as pulley or crane.
  2. the perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length, when flying from a staff.
  3. the vertical edge of a flag which is next to the staff.
  4. the height of a fore-and-aft sail, next the mast or stay.
verb 
  1. (transitive) to raise; to lift; to elevate; especially, to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle or pulley, as a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight.
    • 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
    • : ...but this last was so heavy, I could not it up to get it over the ship's side.
      1. (context, transitive, historical) to lift someone up to be flogged
      2. (intransitive) to be lifted up
Etymology: Alteration of hoise, apparently based on the past tense and participle.


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