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picket boat

a vessel used to patrol a harbor.
Origin of picket boat
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This boat was later further demolished by a gallant British picket-boat attack.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
  • I remember the same thing occurring on the 'Tremendous's' picket-boat Yes, they're switching off.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • Even the commonplace precaution of sending out a picket-boat had not been taken.

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