splice the mainbrace


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splice the mainbrace

nautical To issue and partake in an extra ration of alcoholic spirits, especially rum or grog, amongst members of crew aboard a sea vessel. (The mainbrace, also spelled "main brace," is a brace attached to the main yard on sailing ships. "Splicing the mainbrace" was originally the very difficult job of repairing this brace, one which earned the repairman an extra ration of spirits; eventually, this euphemistic secondary meaning became the primary one.) As part of the celebrations for her Diamond Jubilee, the Queen gave the order to all in the Royal Navy to splice the mainbrace as a gesture of good cheer.
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Her Majesty sends all officers, ratings and other ranks of the naval service her good wishes and has graciously given her approval to splice the mainbrace.
Let's splice the mainbrace and celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day in true style.
Notes: CSWR = conversation specifications and work requirements, bean rag = pennant flag signifying crew is having a meal, splice the mainbrace means the officially-sanctioned serving of liquor onboard, unodir = unless otherwise directed, seadu = sea duty.
SPLICE the mainbrace and pull up the anchor as swashbuckling panto Robinson Crusoe sails into Birmingham Hippodrome for a sparkling season of comedy, mayhem and plenty of special effects.
AVAST ye landlubbers, shiver your timbers and splice the mainbrace.
SHIVER me timbers and splice the mainbrace, Prince William is joining the Royal Navy.
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SPLICE the mainbrace, pull up the anchor and set sail for this winter's big Cardiff panto.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, 12A JOHNNY DEPP and his band of inept pirates splice the mainbrace and play it for laughs in this daft romp.
I am sending Keith and his team a special Man of The People Certificate, plus pounds 50 to splice the mainbrace on board.
I'm sending them pounds 500, plus a litle bit extra to splice the mainbrace at their next meeting.
The Belgrade Theatre is offering buccaneers and buried treasure in their Easter holiday family show and Midlands actor Antony Eden is preparing to splice the mainbrace and weigh the anchor playing young hero Jim Hawkins.
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