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