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  • noun Plural form of breastfast.


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  • It rained without ceasing until the fourteenth of February, so that I could find no opportunity of penetrating into the interior, nor of recruiting my condition in any respect whatever; and on the twenty-fourth of January, when I considered myself in perfect safety, the river suddenly rose with great violence to a considerable height, breaking my cables and the breastfasts, [401-1] and nearly carrying away my ships altogether, which certainly appeared to me to be in greater danger than ever.

    The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503 Various 1884


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