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to the gunwales

  (old-fashioned)
if something is filled to the gunwales, it is very full
Usage notes: A gunwale is the top part of the side of a boat.
The room was packed to the gunwales with food and crates of wine.
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They have thwart pieces from side to side about three inches thick, and their gunwales flare outwards, so as to cast off the surges of the waves.
Within and without the waters rose equally - then lay an instant level with our gunwales - then swamped us, oh
The best he could do was to get Elijah's head and shoulders on top the gunwale.
Again he got the helpless man's head and shoulders on the gunwale.
Michael, his forefeet on the gunwale, barked to him in a puzzled, questioning sort of way, and Jerry whimpered back incommunicable understanding.
The old man contorted himself aboard, rolling his body across the gunwale so quickly, that, even while it started to capsize, his weight was across the danger-point and counterbalancing the canoe to its proper equilibrium.
A stout puff filled it and suddenly pressed the lee gunwale down till a couple of buckets of water came inboard.
I sat cocked over the weather gunwale, tiller in one hand and sheet in the other; and the sheet, with a single turn around a pin, I was very often forced to let go in the severer puffs.
In a minute more we stood on the quay, within a step of the gunwale of the boat.
I seized the gunwale and raised myself quickly, so that my chin topped the side.
One fair-haired invader lay across the gunwale of a boat, the manner of his death told by the arrow that transfixed his breast.
This was in answer to a quick impatient movement on the part of Gaffer: the speaker at the same time unshipping his scull on that side, and laying his hand on the gunwale of Gaffer's boat and holding to it.
Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats.
The submarine was withdrawing toward the north, but all the time it was shelling the open boats, three of them, loaded to the gunwales with survivors.
As they headed in for the sandspit, the submerged salmon boat could be seen, gunwales awash and held up from sinking by ropes fast to the schooner and the sloop.