straggling-money love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the British navy: Money given to those who apprehend deserters or others who have straggled or overstayed their leave of absence.
  • n. Money deducted from the wages of a man absent from duty without leave.


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  • One was the "straggling-money" paid to him for the apprehension of deserters -- 20s. for every deserter taken, with "conduct" money to boot; the other, the anker of brandy designedly thrown overboard by smugglers when chased by a gang engaged in pressing afloat.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore


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