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Meaning of guide rope

guide' rope"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a rope fastened, usually at an angle, to a hoisting or towing line, to guide the object being moved.
  2. a long rope hung downward from a balloon and trailing along the ground, used to regulate the altitude of the balloon and to act as a brake.
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