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  • "Here he is, captain, _all a-tanto_, but not very neat," said Phillips, shoving Willy up the hatchway, for he was so encumbered with the weight of his new apparel that he never could have ascended without assistance -- "I have stowed away some spirits in his hold, and he no longer beats the devil's tattoo with his grinders."

    The King's Own

  • Captain Truck hoped, when the people ceased work at night, the fore and fore-top-sail-yards were in their places, the top-gallant-mast was fitted, and, with the exception of the sails, the ship was what is called a-tanto, forward.

    Homeward Bound or, the Chase

  • They had been active in repairing damages, and the admiral was all a-tanto again, with every thing set that the other ships carried.

    The Two Admirals

  • And then, sailor-like, he immediately began to overhaul their God-sent gift, to see whether it was all a-tanto and seaworthy, without losing any more time in vain repinings, and scanning the ocean fruitlessly for the _Sea Rover_; Jonathan sitting up, and beginning to be interested, as he regained his courage and self-reliance, through his companion's words and the warmth of the sun combined, and lost that feeling of hopeless despair that seemed to overwhelm him and weigh him down since they lost sight of the ship for the last time on the previous night.

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek

  • "Well -- well -- let every man father his own children: you ought to be quiet, Winchester, for he asked very kindly about your hurt to-day, and would have sent you aboard some knick-knack or other for the stomach, but I told him you were all a-tanto again and at duty.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

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  • "'All stretched along and a-tanto, sir,' said the bosun.

    "'Very good, Mr Hollar,' said Jack, raising his voice, 'All hands to make sail.'"

    —Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 351

    February 23, 2008