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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Espied by some timid man-of-war or blundering discovery-vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fowls, nevertheless still shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log -- shoals, rocks, and breakers hereabouts: beware
Once more was a narrative of his experiences to be preserved in 'White Jacket; or, the World in a Man-of-War.
This book has no equal as a picture of life aboard a sailing man-of-war, the lights and shadows of naval existence being well contrasted.
But I can declare she is a man-of-war, for a long pennant flutters from her main mast.
I cast a last look at the man-of-war, which was putting on steam, and rejoined Ned and Conseil.
The poor voyageurs, too, continually irritated his spleen by their "lubberly" and unseemly habits, so abhorrent to one accustomed to the cleanliness of a man-of-war.
I believe I have lived as much on board as most women, and I know nothing superior to the accommodations of a man-of-war.
And indeed on the Sunday fixed for this ceremony there was such a stir among the people, and such an enthusiasm among the townsfolk, that even a Frenchman, who laughs at everything at all times, could not have helped admiring the character of those honest Hollanders, who were equally ready to spend their money for the construction of a man-of-war -- that is to say, for the support of national honour -- as they were to reward the growth of a new flower, destined to bloom for one day, and to serve during that day to divert the ladies, the learned, and the curious.
Then came the man-of-war that threw shells for miles into the hills, frightening the people out of their villages and into the deeper bush.
As it was, the murder of the white men, of any white man, would bring a man-of-war that would kill the offenders and chop down the precious cocoanut trees.
It was the commander of a Chinese man-of-war who received a copy of the edict of 1972 from the hand of my illustrious ancestor, Admiral Turck, on one hundred seventy-five, two hundred and six years ago, and from the yellowed pages of the admiral's diary I learned that the fate of the Philippines was even then presaged by these Chinese naval officers.