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gangplank

[gang-plangk] /ˈgæŋˌplæŋk/
noun
1.
a flat plank or small, movable, bridgelike structure for use by persons boarding or leaving a ship at a pier.
Also called brow, gangway.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; gang1 + plank
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British Dictionary definitions for gang plank

gangplank

/ˈɡæŋˌplæŋk/
noun
1.
(nautical) a portable bridge for boarding and leaving a vessel at dockside
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Word Origin and History for gang plank

gangplank

n.

1846, American English, from gang + plank. Replacing earlier gang-board.

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