copper-fastened love



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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of copper-fasten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fastened with copper bolts, as the planks of ships, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fastened with copper instead of iron or steel bolts, as the planking of a ship.


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  • She is built of oak, double-planked, and copper-fastened; and all the interior fittings were done to suit me.

    Modeste Mignon

  • Now the Calabar was a spanking craft, copper-fastened fore and aft,

    The Cruise of the Calabar

  • And the ties between our two countries, Mr. President, are now, of course, copper-fastened by an extremely vibrant economic relationship.

    Remarks By The President At Shamrock Presentation

  • I say this as one friend to another and not because I have to wear copper-fastened pajamas.

    The Silly Syclopedia

  • I don't mind the copper-fastened pajamas so much, but to wear asphalt neckties and barb-wire suspenders is something which aggravates the spirit.

    The Silly Syclopedia

  • Our own faithful, copper-fastened distorter of facial beauty set down in Mr. Furniss's black art what he had seen and did know.

    The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)

  • I remember Potts telling me that she was built of mahogany and copper-fastened.

    Cord and Creese

  • Originally a teak - built, gentleman's yacht, brass-fitted, copper-fastened, angle - ironed, sheathed in man-of-war copper and with a fin-keel of bronze, she had been sold into the Solomon Islands 'trade for the purpose of blackbirding or nigger-running.

    Chapter 2

  • I built her plank by plank, and copper-fastened her, selected her masts and every timber of her, and personally signed on her full ship's complement fore-and-aft, and outfitted her amongst the Jews, and sailed with her to the South Seas and the treasure buried a fathom under the sand.

    Chapter 13

  • Peckham personally assured McGurk that everything was copper-fastened.

    By Advice of Counsel


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  • The Word Detective discusses the origin and use of this phrase at this link:

    copper-fastened etymology

    I had never thought of this word as being particularly Irish, but it is interesting that three of the four non-nautical uses that show up in the first 30 or so google hits are by Irish people.

    October 29, 2007