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tiger cruise

tiger cruise  n.—Gloss: a trip aboard a military vessel in which sailors are accompanied by friends and family. «The aircraft carrier-like vessel arrived on Friday, picked up family members for what’s known as a “tiger cruise,”...

rainbowing

rainbowing  n.— «Work on the first of three Palm Islands (Jumeirah) began in 2001. A team of Dutch engineers were employed to create the Palm by using a technique called rainbowing—a vessel dredging sand from the seabed and spraying and...

uh oh boat

uh oh boat  n.— «As professional mariners, yacht captains are fairly well versed in securing their vessels for a storm. Many would agree that it’s often the owner-operator vessel that is poorly secured, breaks away, and causes damage in...

whiskey plank

whiskey plank n. the board which completes construction of a ship’s or boat’s hull. Editorial Note: By tradition, whiskey is drunk at the completion of the hull of a naval vessel, as indicated in the citations. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

chicken switch

chicken switch  n.— «All anyone knew for sure was that the nuclear-powered attack submarine had slammed head-on into something solid and very large, and that it had to get to the surface fast. In the control room, a senior enlisted man...

Stokes basket

Stokes basket  n.— «The former liner Iroquois…is now being refitted as the Navy’s first hospital ship since World War I, bearing the name U.S.S. Solace. Injured men are brought aboard the vessel in Stokes basket.» —“Liner...

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