from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The ocean.
  • n. The Atlantic Ocean.


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  • Now, my yellow pal, fork out that money, and in half an hour you'll be as safe as if you were on the other side of the herring-pond and not a policeman in London will know where to find you.

    The Mystery of the Four Fingers

  • He only got red in the face, and said that he had crossed the herring-pond hundreds of times in crafts not half so seaworthy.

    Willis the Pilot

  • "What I've said, I'll do, Sir, of course," said the tough old salt; "and since you've taken the trouble to come out here and save my lame toes, let's nail the bargain with a bottle of my old Madeira, -- some of the ripest this side of the herring-pond, I'll be bound."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 21, July, 1859

  • "Oh, never mind the clouds," rejoined the delighted skipper, whose thoughts were filled with the fond belief that the _Susan Jane_ would make the most rapid run across the herring-pond ever known for a sailing-ship.

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek

  • The best summary of “Polly” has been given by Mr. Paull, in his interesting paper on Gay [6]: ” “Macheath has been transported across the herring-pond ...

    Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732)

  • By the knocking Nicholas! he’ll plague you, now he’s come over the herring-pond.

    Chapter XXXIV

  • Perhaps they have nothing with them but "a pot of shamrock," or a little mountain thrush or orange-billed blackbird, in a wicker cage, to make friends with "beyant the herring-pond."

    The Sunny Side of Ireland How to see it by the Great Southern and Western Railway

  • More than one of the soldiers and civilians confided to me that if there was no other way of getting across the herring-pond on the way back than by cruiser, they would stop this side.

    Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918

  • Vanhansen implored May to cross the herring-pond at her expense, and have a good time among the Barbarian's relations in Ol 'Virginny and

    A Houseful of Girls

  • But as for May, she saw nothing and heard nothing of the discrepancies which might mar the ancient story to far less ostentatiously matter-of-fact and mocking critics than the would-be barbarian from beyond the herring-pond.

    A Houseful of Girls


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  • Seems like a sort-of modern kenning to me - a term for the ocean - the Atlantic in particular.

    December 2, 2010