Steeplejack

Definition: a worker who builds or maintains tall buildings, working at great heights

Why I Looked It Up

In Empire, there was a discussion about the first attempt to moor a zeppelin to the top of the Empire State Building.

On the 150th floor balcony, three men from the crew waited to grab a rope trailed by the aircraft. A steeplejack was poised with a sharp knife to sever the line if it got tangled.

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