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Tarpawling

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Tarpáwling. n.s. [from tar.]

  1. Hempen cloath smeered with tar.

    Some the gall'd ropes with dauby marling bind,
    Or searcloth masts with strong tarpawling coats.
    Dryden.

  2. A sailor in contempt.

    Was any thing wanting to the extravagance of this age, but the making of a living tarpawlin and a swabber the hero of a tragedy. Dennis.

Sources: Dennis, John (3) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Tarpawling." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 26, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15838.


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