Splice the mainbrace

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Splice the mainbrace (nautical slang) to serve out an allowance of spirits, to fall to drinking
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. splissensplitsen, splijten; cf. Split, and Ger. splissen.

Usage

In literature:

I hope your honour and I shall splice the mainbrace together before we part.
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
Then he doled out the latter and ordered the mainbrace to be spliced.
"Kenneth McAlpine" by Gordon Stables
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