from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Rope lashings on the bowsprit of a boat.
- v. Present participle of gammon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lashing or iron band by which the bowsprit of a vessel is secured to the stem to opposite the lifting action of the forestays.
- n. The act of imposing upon or hoaxing a person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, formerly, a chain or rope lashing by which the bowsprit was lashed down to the stem; now, an arrangement of iron bands secured by nuts and screws.
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They did not entirely believe in Gray's complaints, they thought he was "gammoning" -- trying to get out of his fair share of the work.
Of these, the most important is called the gammoning, which consists of a strong and well-stretched hawser, passed up and down successively, in perpendicular turns, over the bowsprit and through a hole horizontally cut in the stem.
"I can't make any promise," replied I. "Then I can't tell," replied he, "so I may e'en go on deck and tell father that I cannot manage it;" and as he said the latter part of this speech, the undaunted little villain actually laughed at the idea of gammoning his father, as he termed it.
Wills writes on one occasion that they had to wait, and send back for Gray, who was "gammoning" that he could not walk.
At this unexpected answer, a hoarse murmur arose from the deputation; and the same gentleman who had expressed an opinion relative to the gammoning nature of the introductory speech, again made a monosyllabic demonstration, by growling out ‘Resign!’
"I do believe you are gammoning us," Dorothy said.
The boatswain was standing on the cat-head, the bowsprit had been stepped for three hours; the gammoning and every thing on; and he was directing the men in rigging out the jib-boom, when suddenly he felt himself driven upwards and fell into the sea.
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That's the way with men, -- if you're not always buckin 'around gammoning you think 'em somebody, they get like
"D'you mean to say you ain't been gammoning me?" demanded the mate, seizing him by the collar.
When I joined the Service, you would find a lieutenant gammoning and rigging his own bowsprit, or aloft, maybe, with a marlinspike slung round his neck, showing an example to his men.