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.
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Five hundred marines disembarked from the man-of-war to reinforce the British garrison in Boston.
For Loyalists in both New York and nearby Connecticut, the man-of-war was a secure base to which they could direct the intelligence they had gathered from Patriot conversations overhead in their towns and villages.
Aware that the Asia might try to stop them, Captain Lamb of the Provincial Artillery prepared his men for the possibility of an attack from the man-of-war.
The Loyalist managed to escape his captors and once again found refuge on the British man-of-war.
The plot to blow up the Asia was known to at least one man aboard the man-of-war, a Patriot prisoner held in the ship's brig.
The Rebel had little desire to die in the hold of a British man-of-war, no matter how worthy the Patriot cause.
Chief among his memories of his going to the man-of-war was that he brought nothing with him, not even his carpenter's tools or clothes.
BLOB THE barrel jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war are among eight species normally found in UK waters in summer
But yesterday a live 6in man-of-war was found in Kimmeridge Bay, with others seen at Burton Bradstock and Durdle Door.
Fearing the angry red mark was from a potentially lethal Portuguese man-of-war, club doctor David Gough gave Arca an injection of anti-histamine and sent him to hospital.
The Portuguese man-of-war is one of the most dangerous jellyfish in the ocean.