man-of-war

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man-of-war

1. A warship. My grandfather was part of the crew on a man-of-war during World War II.
2. A nickname for the Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfish-like sea creature with a deadly sting. I don't want you kids to go swimming today—there's been reports of a man-of-war in the water.