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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of brail.


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  • Grimy tugboats lay beside the traps, shrilling the air with creaking winches as they "brailed" the struggling fish, a half-ton at a time, from the "pounds," now churned to milky foam by the ever-growing throng of prisoners; and all the time the big plants gulped the sea harvest, faster and faster, clanking and gnashing their metal jaws, while the mounds of salmon lay hip-deep to the crews that fed the butchering machines.

    The Silver Horde Rex Ellingwood Beach 1913

  • We have a “game box” and I love sitting with a cup of coffee, watching our children and grandchildren playing board games, working puzzles or playing Uno with the cards Gary, who is blind, has brailed.

    Christmas Magic Jack Canfield 2010

  • "And something to eat, " Harper said under his breath, staring innocently up at the huge mainsail that was brailed onto a massive boom which jutted out over the diminutive white ensign.

    Sharpe's Escape Cornwell, Bernard 2003

  • Moving through the air high spars of a threemaster, her sails brailed up on the crosstrees, homing, upstream, silently moving, a silent ship. —

    Ulysses 2003

  • It was a large tent, as big as a parish marquee, and though both its wide entrances had been brailed back there was no wind to stir the damp air trapped under the high ridge.

    Sharpe's Tiger Cornwell, Bernard 1997

  • Only then was there time to assemble the officers and have Private Sharpe brought into Major Shee's tent which had one of its sides brailed up to make more space.

    Sharpe's Tiger Cornwell, Bernard 1997

  • As soon, therefore, as he was within a hundred yards of her stern, he ordered the helm to be put a-starboard, and the driver and after-sails to be brailed up and shivered; and, as the ship fell off, gave the enemy her whole broadside.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson Southey, Robert, 1774-1843 1993

  • Jaric had brailed the mainsail neatly to the yardarm, but jib and spanker lay heaped in the bow, a negligence he never would have tolerated by choice.

    Shadowfane Wurts, Janny 1988

  • The clouds on all sides brailed into azure radiance, and the whirlpool of the tearing winds opened into a luminous cornucopia.

    In Other Worlds Attanasio, A. A. 1984

  • Unseen hands brailed the galley's sails up against their yards.

    Conan Of The Isles De Camp, L. Sprague 1968


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