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- To The Bitter End
- A bitt is a wooden or iron post fixed to the deck of a ship. It is meant for fastening cables or belaying ropes. When a rope is played out “to the bitter end” there is no more to be used – thus the modern meaning of following through to the end, whatever the consequences.
- Three Sheets To The Wind
- A sheet is a line used to control a sail, and having loose sheets can cause a ship to rock about drunkenly. Before “three sheets” became the standard usage of this idiom, drunkenness was ranked from “one sheet” or slightly inebriated to “four sheets”, meaning unconsciousness.
- Down The Hatch
- “Down the hatch” is a phrase drawn from the loading of sea freight, where cargo is typically lowered down into the hold of a ship through the hatch. As a drinking expression it first appeared in the early 1900s and is often used as a toast.
- Jolly Roger
- Jolly Roger is the name given to various flags that were flown on a ship to identify the crew as pirates. The most recognized version depicts a skull and crossbones (like the one above.) It was intended to frighten victims to surrendering without a fight, as pirates were not bound by the usual rules of engagement and would likely fight to the death.
By: Team Dockwa
Published on 1/26/15 1:46 PM