[‘ A coil of rope worn over the shoulder by smugglers.’]
Etymology: < ling, Scots variant of line n.2 + tow n.1
Sc. hist. Now rare.
A coil of rope worn over the shoulder by smugglers.
Recorded earliest in lingtowman n. at Compounds.
2003 L. C. Higgs Thorn in my Heart 52 The stock pens were crowded with packhorses belonging to the lingtowmen, named for the coil of rope, or lingtow, which they wore around their shoulders as they transported smuggled goods inland.