from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A block which is suspended from the extremity of a yard-arm, and through which studdingsail-halyards are led.
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"Look ye," returned the other, "if you don't make away with yourself, you skulking spy from the mizzen, we'll drop you to deck like a jewel-block."
I suppose Nelson will order him to our fore-yard-arm as a jewel-block.
There it hung, like a jewel-block, and every sign of life was soon taken away.
"I was up on the fore-topgallant yard, sir, a bit ago, just to look to the strap of the jewel-block, which wants some sarvice on it, and