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  • "Wearing long togs to astonish friends and relations ashore was gratifying to the mind, and so was screeching and hallooing around the streets of Gosport or kicking up bob's-a-dying from Wapping to the Tower; but apart from fun of that sort, the land's main function was to provide marine stores—it was not a place for real existence."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 27

    See also bob's-a-dying.

    March 3, 2008