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chained_bear commented on the word a-portlast
"They lowered the yard a-portlast, striving harder one would have said than it was possible for men to strive, often waist-deep in swirling water..."
—Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 225
February 23, 2008
Also, according to A Sea of Words, 338:
portlast--The gunwale of a vessel; a yard is said to be a-portlast when it lies on the deck.
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