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boarding party

a group of persons who board a vessel, especially to attack, seize, or search it.
Origin of boarding party
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The boarding-party commenced their somewhat hazardous passage from one ship to the other.

  • "That case is my personal, private property," said he, as soon as it was in the hands of the chief officer of the boarding-party.

    Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic
  • "Very good," replied the sub in charge of the boarding-party.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • As Mayrant came aboard, he was mistaken for the leader of a boarding-party, and run through the thigh with a pike.

  • Among those who formed the boarding-party was Dillon, who showed as much alacrity as any one.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • The Venetian flagship was rushed by a boarding-party of Janissaries, and her decks cleared as far as the mainmast.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale

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