a flat plank or small, movable, bridgelike structure for use by persons boarding or leaving a ship at a pier.
Also called brow, gangway.

1840–50, Americanism; gang1 + plank Unabridged
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gangplank or gangway (ˈɡæŋˌplæŋk)
nautical a portable bridge for boarding and leaving a vessel at dockside
gangway or gangway

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Example sentences
He nudges these officers or taps them on the back when they are mounting a
The gangplank grumbles, creaks, and is slowly lowered.
It's a way of turning a possible gangplank into a teeter-totter.
When he gets in the middle of the gangplank he falls down pack and all.
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