from The Century Dictionary.
- Nautical, across the hawse.
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For look'ee, 'tis slip our floating anchor, up wi 'our helm and down on 'em' thwart-hawse and let fly our larboard broadside, veer and pound 'em wi 'our starboard guns, keeping the weather gauge, d'ye see, pal, till their fire slackens and them blind wi' our smoke and theirs.
Martin Conisby's Vengeance Jeffery Farnol 1915