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tap the admiral

To drink directly (and secretly) from a cask, as if by a straw and gimlet. The phrase refers to British admiral Horatio Nelson, whose corpse was transported to England in a liquor-filled cask that is said to have arrived empty of liquor. Someone must have tapped the admiral because we are out of liquor already!
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The Admiral lifted the hairless arches over his eyes and exclaimed: "Well, I don't know where you got it, but the truth is I can't stand the fellow, though I've no excuse for discharging a family servant.
I hope it'll all end tonight," continued the Admiral, "when my nephew comes back safe from his ship.
The idea is utterly ridiculous," replied the Admiral, beating a tattoo on the back of his chair.
That's right; and Sir Cecil could have that sword the Admiral threw away by the fence here.
Believe me, dear Admiral Bartram, affectionately yours,
Address the letter, sir," she proceeded, "to Admiral Bartram, St.
If you will place the Will and the Sealed Letter together in one envelope -- and if you will direct it to the admiral -- I will take care that the inclosure so addressed is safely placed in his own hands.
He grumbled, he even swore, but he directed the envelope at last, in these terms: "To Admiral Bartram, St.
Mary refrained from saying what she felt, that there could not be two persons in existence whose characters and manners were less accordant: time would discover it to him; but she could not help this reflection on the Admiral.
The Admiral highlighted Pakistan's commitment and performance in the fight against terrorism in general and Pakistan Navy's efforts for maintaining peace and stability in Indian Ocean Region.
Later, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi met Royal Saudi Naval Forces Eastern Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Fahad Ali Al-Furaidan at Jubail.
The Admiral highlighted Pakistan's commitment and performance in fight against terrorism in general and Pakistan Navy's efforts for maintaining peace and stability in Indian Ocean Region.
On the second leg of the visit, Admiral Valter Girardelli met various naval field commands in Karachi.
Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, AVSM, YSM, NM (Standing Left) handed over the duties of Commandant, Indian Naval Academy to Vice Admiral RB Pandit, AVSM (Standing Right) on 19 February 2018
Since his arrival, Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces has called on Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, while in the second leg of his visit , Vice Admiral Al Ghofaily met with Naval Field Commands at Lahore and Karachi.