Painter

The rope which binds a ship's boat to the ship. (Latin, panthera; French, pantière, a drag-net; panteur, a stretcher.)

I'll cut your painter for you.
I'll send you to the right about in double quick time. If the painter is cut, of course the boat drifts away.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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