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beam-ends

[beem-endz] /ˈbimˌɛndz/
plural noun
1.
Nautical. the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel.
Idioms
2.
on her beam-ends, Nautical. heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical:
The schooner was blown over on her beam-ends.
3.
on one's / the beam-ends, Slang. in desperate straits, especially financial straits.
Also, on the beam's ends.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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beam-ends

plural noun
1.
the ends of a vessel's beams
2.
on her beam-ends, (of a vessel) heeled over through an angle of 90°
3.
on one's beam-ends
  1. out of resources; destitute
  2. desperate
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