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jack staff

noun
1.
a flagstaff at the bow of a vessel, on which a jack is flown.
Origin of jack staff
1685-1695
1685-95
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  • The Captain of the transport, his face purple with passion, was rushing towards the jack-staff.

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • From the stoke-hole to the funnel, from the jack-staff to the rudder, she explored that boat.

    Gorillas & Chimpanzees R. L. Garner
  • Every outward-bound boat had its flag flying at the jack-staff, and sometimes a duplicate on the verge staff astern.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Already he had made out the double stars in the bunting at the jack-staff.

    Ray's Daughter Charles King
  • Erect a "jack-staff," to be used as a flag-pole or a mast to rig a square sail on.

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • Close at hand was a jack-staff upholding an American ensign.

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • Ten minutes later the steamer is under way again, with no flag on the jack-staff and no black smoke issuing from the chimneys.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • That night a fog rolled up from the swamps, and in the morning jack-staff was hid from pilot-house.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Every outward-bound boat had its flag flying at the jack-staff, and sometimes a duplicate on the verge-staff astern.

  • You marked each one's jack-staff, that rose mast high from the unseen prow, and behind it the boiler deck, high over the boilers.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable

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