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salt horse

noun, Nautical Slang.
salted beef; salt junk.
Origin of salt horse
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Every man's hunger seemed to increase tenfold, so that even the odor of boiling "salt-horse" from the galley did not trouble us.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • Yes, they are all departed, and there is nothing left us but salt-horse and sea-biscuit.

    Typee Herman Melville
  • One must always flatter the pea-soup, and the salt-horse, and particularly the bread-pudding, if one expects any consideration.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Of food, we had a fairly plentiful supply of "salt-horse," that was something more than high—it was putrid.

  • They worked at the rope-tarring till suppertime, then rose wearily, stretching, and went for their salt-horse and biscuit.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • We spent the Fourth of July at Shreveport; our only food being "salt-horse," "hard-tack" and coffee.

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