lubber's hole


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lubber's hole hole in a platform on a mast through which a sailor can climb without going out on the shrouds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lubber's hole (Naut) a hole in the floor of the “top,” next the mast, through which sailors may go aloft without going over the rim by the futtock shrouds. It is considered by seamen as only fit to be used by lubbers.
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In literature:

It was entered by a lubber's hole in the flooring, through which the shrouds passed.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
I was afraid to venture, and then he proposed that I should go through lubber's hole, which he said had been made for people like me.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat