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samson post

noun, (sometimes initial capital letter) Nautical
1.
a strong bitt or post at the bow or stern of a vessel.
2.
a king post for supporting cargo-handling booms on the deck of a ship.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; perhaps named in allusion to the pillars that Samson dislodged
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