To splice the main brace


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To splice the main brace (Naut) to give out, or drink, an extra allowance of spirits on occasion of special exposure to wet or cold, or to severe fatigue; hence, to take a dram.
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In literature:

But come, let us sit down and splice the main brace to better acquaintance.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
Of course we hailed each other and hove-to for a spell, and then we made sail for a grog-shop, where we spliced the main-brace.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
Johnson shall shell out some grog presently to splice the main brace.
"Picked up at Sea" by J.C. Hutcheson
Then he saw the sick men, after which he gave orders to splice the main-brace.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
You are never going to dismiss the crew without splicing the main brace first!
"Tales of the Wonder Club" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
On Saturday night Tandy as usual gave orders to splice the main-brace.
"The Island of Gold" by Gordon Stables
Sure, Captain De Vere, it is splicing the main-brace you're after, for you want to give us all a drop of the craytur.
"Wild Adventures round the Pole" by Gordon Stables