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  • noun Alternative spelling of scuttlebutt.


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  • In this manner, they passed the buckets to fill the scuttle-butt.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale 2002

  • It was the middle-watch: a fair moonlight; the seamen were standing in a cordon, extending from one of the fresh-water butts in the waist, to the scuttle-butt near the taffrail.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale 2002

  • One ball had hit the scuttle-butt and had splashed the water fifteen feet in every direction.

    The Mutineers Charles Boardman Hawes

  • In terror lest the relief spy me and reveal my presence by some exclamation that Kipping or the second mate would overhear, I threw myself down flat on the deck just forward of the scuttle-butt, where the moon cast a shadow; and with the fervent hope that I should appear to be only a heap of old sail, I lay without moving a muscle.

    The Mutineers Charles Boardman Hawes

  • You'd better go to Mr. Carr and ask him for the scuttle-butt.

    Bob the Castaway Frank V. Webster

  • So I ran lightly along in the shelter of the lee bulwark, dodging past the galley, the scuttle-butt, and the cabin in turn.

    The Mutineers Charles Boardman Hawes

  • I thought nothing of it, but drew a little water from the scuttle-butt, and washed my face and hands in one of the buckets.

    Jim Davis John Masefield 1922

  • I tottered to the scuttle-butt, where we kept our drinking water; I splashed the contents of a couple of pannikins over my head and then drank about a pint and a half; that made me feel a different being.

    Jim Davis John Masefield 1922

  • This made me feel less frightened, so I turned to my food, ate heartily, and took a good swig at the scuttle-butt by way of a morning draught.

    Jim Davis John Masefield 1922

  • I rebuked myself for not having done this while aboard the lugger, when I had splashed my head at the scuttle-butt.

    Jim Davis John Masefield 1922


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  • Citation on cordon.

    July 25, 2008