A display of the top-ropes. A show of gushing friendliness; great promise of help. The top-rope is the rope used in hauling the top-mast up or down.
“This display of the top-ropes was rather new to me, for time had
blurred from my memory the `General's' rhapsodies.” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894