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  • "'In the meantime, let us look at the wreck of the bows with Chips.' ... By what light the lanterns could be induced to shed they gazed at the breast-hooks—at the horrible gashes round the breast-hooks—and sighed."

    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 26–27

    A Sea of Words: "Breast-hooks: Thick pieces of timber, curved like knees and used to reinforce the bows of a ship." (p. 119)

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  • Good grief, these sound painful.

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  • And I thought my boycott of women's boxing might have spared me :-(

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