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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of bouse.


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  • Jacks to me, that night when I boused him up unpretending:


  • I saw them running, like mice, up the shrouds, as they _boused_ up the mainsail, and heard them chaunt a cheering chorus, as they heaved in the slack of the cable.

    A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden 2nd edition

  • Through the ends of the yard a rope ran in two blocks, and by this Saunders hoped to lower a chair down the cliffs, by means of which (said the old smuggler) the whole party would presently be "boused up and landed on board, as safe as so many kegs of brandy."

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North

  • The mainsail then drove her, and the main-jib, with its sheet boused flat amidships or a little to one side or the other, added greatly to the steadying power.

    Sailing Alone Around the World

  • Says Moosoo Jacks to me, that night when I boused him up unpretending: 'You keep your feather eye open, my tear,' for such was his way of pronouncing it, 'and you shall arrive to laglore, laglore -- and what is still nobler, de monnay.

    Springhaven : a Tale of the Great War

  • Having thrown a rope over its head and secured it by a running bowline knot under the pectoral fins, the fish was boused up to the fore-yard; and its length was so great, that when its nose touched the yard, its tail was still lashing the water.

    The Bushman — Life in a New Country

  • We boused out our gun, which had been run in amidships; but the ship heeled over so much that, do all we could, it ran in again upon us, and at the same time the water made a heavy rush into the larboard lower deck ports.

    Poor Jack

  • Next, two stout rope strops were passed through the ringbolts by which the boat was suspended from the tackles and one bight passed through the other and secured in place by a well - greased toggle, or piece of wood capable of being easily and quickly withdrawn; and finally the bights thus formed were passed over the hooks of the blocks, the tackles, were boused taut and made fast again, and the temporary supports were cast off, thus leaving the boat once more suspended by the tackles.

    The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer


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