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chained_bear commented on the word bob's-a-dying
"...his mind drifted back to the days when he too had belonged on the forecastle, when he too had danced to the fiddle and fife, his upper half grave and still, his lower flying -- heel and toe, the double harman, the cut-and-come-again, the Kentish knock, the Bob's-a-dying and its variations in quick succession and (if the weather was reasonably calm) in perfect time."
--Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 169
See also kicking up bob's-a-dying.
February 13, 2008
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