Sea-lawyer

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sea-lawyer a captious sailor, an idle litigious ′long-shorer, more given to question orders than to obey them: the mangrove snapper: a tiger-shark
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ; Dut. zee, Ger. see, Ice. sær, Dan. .

Usage

In literature:

They are all volunteers and include seven sea captains, a lawyer, and other people some forty in all.
"The Dominion of the Air" by J. M. Bacon
He should have been a land-lawyer, not a sea-lawyer.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
No sea-lawyers need apply.
"Cap'n Eri" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
You don't have to hire an attorney to tell you where to head in, you infernal sea lawyer!
"Cappy Ricks" by Peter B. Kyne
The quarter-deck is clean, if the waist ain't, and nobody but a damn misbegotten son-of-a-sea-lawyer would spit on deck anyhow!
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
He's a real sea lawyer.
"An Adulteration Act" by W.W. Jacobs
He's a real sea lawyer.
"Lady of the Barge and Others, Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
And I'll warrant we'll soon leave sea-lawyers behind.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, Sept. 27, 1890" by Various
The sea-lawyer is the calculating, dissatisfied, eloquent man.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
As the sea-lawyer had said, the evidence was all against him.
"Stories of Ships and the Sea" by Jack London
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In poetry:

And on the roof-ridge Brady
Sang salt-junk chanties great
To cheer the stout sea-lawyers
Who sail the Ship of State.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley

In news:

New York lawyer convicted in Dead Sea Scrolls case.
Salton Sea eyed as culprit of big stink in Calif. Defense lawyers grill air quality regulators, contractors in Chattanooga asbestos case.
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