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  • n. The act or practice of crimping, or entrapping soldiers or sailors into service.
  • n. Money paid to a crimp for shipping or enlisting men.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of crimping; money paid to a crimp for shipping or enlisting men.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of crimping.

Etymologies

crimp +‎ -age? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Men seduced by means of crimpage bounty were said to be "silver cooped," and the art of silver cooping was not only practised at home, it was world-wide.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • At Chatham, crimpage bounty varied from fifteen to twenty guineas per head; and at Cork, a favourite recruiting ground for both merchantmen and privateers, the same sum could be had any day, with high wages to boot.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • The argument that without this system of bondage and ` ` crimpage '' it would be impossible to secure crews is fully answered by the experience of

    Two Years Before the Mast

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