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  • v. Present participle of holystone.


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  • Pankburn did the dirty tasks, scraping masts, holystoning decks, working the alcohol poison out of his system.

    “Have you lived? What have you got to show for it?”

  • Still, he'd agreed that those men without specific duties that day — holystoning the lower deck, the usual watches, deicing the rigging, deck shoveling, ship repair, cairn repair, tutoring — could go work on final preparations for the masque, and about a dozen men headed off into the darkness after breakfast, two Marines with muskets accompanying them.

    The Terror

  • Overhead came the rumble and scrape of crewmen holystoning the decks for the second time that day.

    The Terror

  • Usually, on a ship at sea, the men would be rousted from their hammocks in half an hour to begin holystoning the decks and cleaning everything in sight.

    The Terror

  • Eh, but it was a comfort this morning not to hear the holystoning on the deck.

    The Newcomes

  • Up near the bow, several crewmen were down on their knees, enthusiastically holystoning the deck; amidships, a group of ten or so were going through gun drill.


  • Bel-Sidek was hard at it, holystoning the foredeck of a tubby merchantman out of Pella, a Herodian tributary where friends of the Living worked the docks.

    The Tower of Fear

  • Right now he would cheerfully have traded all the holystoning going on in the downlevels for one particular piece of good news.


  • He glanced round the ship; the hands were engaged in the routine of holystoning the decks, but he could effect a transformation in five minutes.

    Hornblower And The Hotspur

  • I cried, with a yawn that nearly dislocated my jaw, shoving a leg over the side of my hammock lazily enough, loth to leave my snug, warm nest for the cold, uncomfortable quarter-deck, where I knew there would be a lot of water sluicing about and the men holystoning, to make it more unpleasant.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant


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