avast a bit, cried Bill—I must first fill up a hole in my stomach, big enough to hold a hogshead.
avast there, what did you do with the rest of that there keg of powder?
avast pulling,” cried Mudge; “I think I hear the sound of a waterfall.
"avast with that nonsense, as they don't say at sea," laughed Ned.
Take warnin' and avast this cruel piratin' or you'll get it.
“avast pulling, and let the other boats close up,” he whispered.
His chief desire with regard to the other people in the play is that they should "belay there, avast!"
I said so unto him at after, but all I gat of my noble admiral was “avast there!”
avast heaving,” said Gascoigne, “till I throw her up and take the wind out of it.
avast, old man of war; you must instantly convoy my son from Portsmouth.
1680s, a nautical interjection, "hold! stop!" probably worn down from Dutch houd vast "hold fast."
AVAST. -- The order to stop, or pause, in any exercise or operation; as Avast heaving -- that is to say, desist, or stop, from drawing in the cable or hawser, by means of the capstan &c. [George Biddlecombe, "The Art of Rigging," 1848]