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bilge water

Nautical. bilge (def 1d).
Also called bilge. Slang. foolish, worthless, or offensive talk or ideas; nonsense; rubbish.
Origin of bilge water
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Among the causes of fever on board ship he mentions the effluvia of the bilge-water.

  • But in the place we were now in, I had to take his word for it, for it was all as black as bilge-water.

  • Last night was very cold, and this morning there was ice on the lake, and the bilge-water in the boat was frozen solid.

    Three in Norway James Arthur Lees
  • It had a Dyer's tub attached to it, which was filled with bilge-water.

  • A vessel dunnages below the dry cargo to keep it from bilge-water.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It was a cloudy morning; mist was rolling across the lagoons; there was a smell of bilge-water, damp wood, fish, and fruit.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Orlando, it grieves me—it makes me feel as bad as if I had drank a pail of bilge-water; but there is no help for it!

    The Gypsy Queen's Vow May Agnes Fleming
  • It smells of bilge-water and greens to the exclusion of all other scents; no ordinary sea air can hope to head against it.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • bilge-water was splashing against the under boiler-plates, filling the room with dense steam.

  • Blocks of wood introduced in all well-built vessels between the frames, where the bilge-water may wash.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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