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deck hand

Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.
Origin of deck hand
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A deck-hand tossed a cast-line to the steamer's deck, and Mayo promptly threw it back.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • But that deck-hand did not lose sight of them, and when the cabin was empty he came in.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • The next moment his bag went hurtling through the air, and he heard the deck-hand shout something in his ear.

  • The deck-hand wiped his brow, took in a long breath, and went to work.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • "I will thank the pilot to call a deck-hand when he wants to be relieved," I replied.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The deck-hand cut the rope, and the body splashed into the water.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
  • He had witnessed it as a deck-hand and as a saloon passenger; as a steerage passenger, and in the humble capacity of a stowaway.

    My Strangest Case Guy Boothby
  • He's run the river as deck-hand for goin' nigh on to three year.'

  • "Buck," called the mate to the deck-hand who was on duty forward.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • They bribed a fireman or deck-hand or some one to keep 'em under cover.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
British Dictionary definitions for deck-hand

deck hand

a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship
(in Britain) a seaman over 17 years of age who has seen sea duty for at least one year
a helper aboard a yacht
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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