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Off the Pickle Boat

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Greg in New York, New York, says that when he looked a bit disheveled, his mother would say You look like Willie off the pickle boat. The phrase goes at least as far back as the 1890s, and the proper name has varied. The person on the pickle boat has been, among others, Annie, Molly, Charlie, and Chauncey. Among those who race seacraft, a pickle boat is slang the last boat to arrive. This is part of a complete episode.

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