- n. dated, nautical The period of work on board ship for which the seamen have been paid in advance (usually a month's wages) the end of this term being celebrated by parading a straw horse about the decks.
- n. Australia rhyming slang for tomato sauce.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. [Law] an expression applied to a debt for wages paid in advance.
“Richard saw a dead horse in one narrow street, the rotting animal, attended by a cloud of flies, still hitched to its wagon as it awaited someone to come haul it away.”
“I am not ashamed to say that I, Etienne Gerard, sat upon my dead horse and sank my face in my hands in my despair.”
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how dead is used
(as) dead as mutton, (as) dead as the ..., be dead meat, to, be dead on, to, be dead, to, dead against, dead and alive, dead and buried, dead and done (fo..., dead and gone, dead-and-goneness, dead angle and 138 more...
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Kenning: a stock phrase of the kind used in Old Norse and Old English verse as a poetic circumlocution in place of a more familiar word. Examples are banhus (bonehouse) for â€˜bodyâ€™, and saewudu ...
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