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boatswain's chair

noun
1.
a seat composed of a plank suspended in a horizontal position from ropes, used by painters and other persons who work on the exteriors of buildings, ships, etc., while seated at a considerable height.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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British Dictionary definitions for boat swain's chair

boatswain's chair

noun
1.
(nautical) a seat consisting of a short flat board slung from ropes, used to support a person working on the side of a vessel or in its rigging
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