from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, disorderly conduct, or anything out of man-of-war rules. Also called privateer practice. Admiral Smyth.
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Of course we had not as yet been commissioned by Mintep to raid shipping for Vepaja, but we were striking at Vepaja's enemies, and so I felt that we had some claim upon the dubious respectability of privateerism.