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yardarm to yardarm

outdated Really close together. When I planted the bushes, I put them yardarm to yardarm—I hope they don't overcrowd each other once they start blooming.
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the sun is over the yardarm

It is the appropriate time of day to begin drinking alcohol. A "yardarm" is a horizontal bar on the mast of a ship, and it is supposed that when the sun passed it at a certain time of day (around noon), sailors were allowed to drink. Well, the sun is over the yardarm, so why don't we order some wine with our brunch? Are you really having a beer? I don't think the sun is quite over the yardarm yet.
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the sun is over the yardarm

People say the sun is over the yardarm to say that it is late enough in the day to have an alcoholic drink. Well, the sun is over the yardarm — anyone for a drink? Note: This expression is used humorously. Note: This expression is thought to come from the old practice on some ships of having an alcoholic drink when the sun had risen past a horizontal bar on the mast, usually around 11a.m.
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the sun is over the yardarm

it is the time of day when it is permissible to drink alcohol. informal
This was originally a nautical expression: a yardarm is the outer extremity of a yard , a cylindrical spar slung across a ship's mast for a sail to hang from. The time of day referred to is noon, rather than 6 o'clock in the evening, as is often supposed.
1992 Angela Lambert A Rather English Marriage Have a snifter? Sun's over the yardarm, as they say in the senior service.
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In fact he should be hanged from the highest yardarm regarding the Wallsend shipyard.
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But if some politician in England, where they've almost left the 17th century behind had said this, he'd have been hanged from the nearest yardarm.
No surprise, then, that the tree between man and bird so resembles a yardarm, ideal for the use to which, we infer, it will shortly be put.
Clockwise from left, center, they include the yardarm at Camp Spearhead, unloading the gifts from a C-130 to a truck, unloading the truck at Camp Spearhead, and unwraping gifts.
The yardarm strains to spread a shroud" is nautical nonsense (since a shroud on a ship is not a sail but a rope).
The sailor was hung at dawn from a yardarm as the crew watched.
Following the inquiry, the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, a bureau founded by John Paul II, issued a seven-point clarification that went even further out on the clerical yardarm.
Along the way, Short gives us a brilliant rhetorical reading of the excisions and additions from the first to the second American editions of Typee, a rhetorical defense of Mardi's hyperbolic style and how it breaks from Typee, the new claim that Redburn is a masterpiece of metaphor, fascinating interpretations of several Melville letters and of the famous fall from the yardarm in White-Jacket, an intriguing differentiation between Ishmael and Ahab based on their different views of time, a rhetorical exploration of silence in Pierre in terms of Nicolas Abraham's psychoanalytical notion of "anasemia," and a reading of the poetic rhetoric of The Confidence-Man (i.
Danforth's epilogue, describing how wherever he goes "strangers ask me about that week and how Clarence is doing," echoes Melville's conclusion in which sailors reverence splinters of the yardarm from which Billy was hanged "as a piece of the cross.
Grown men who smear paint on their faces, go out into the woods chanting weird incantations to the Yoruba god Hepwa, and blame their dads for the fact that they grew up to be utter losers clearly deserve to be hanged from the highest yardarm in Her Majesty's Navy.
his persecutors, the yardarm as the cross, the Lamb of God, and so forth--that had been treated only ironically in The Confidence-Man.
The court-martial, acting under regulations, found Billy Budd guilty and sentenced him to be hanged from a yardarm the following morning.