from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In coal-mining, a butty or partner.
- n. A husband or a wife.
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"I say the same as you say, James," said the complacent half-marrow;
This poor creature was permitted to sail as "half-marrow" or ordinary seaman because of his local origin and good natured simplicity.
Otherwise the very mention of half-marrow was loathed, and no amount of persuasion could induce these men and lads to tolerate a stranger in that capacity.
The captain, suspecting that there was not much strength behind his resolve, dropped into the place of amusement and witnessed his half-marrow in full swing on the floor.
The master was known to be on the spree, so the mate, Munroe, thought he would have a day off, and took as a drinking chum, Ralph, the half-marrow; and, in order that they might not be disturbed, they travelled to a snapshop in the country, some miles away from the town.