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BELL-BOTTOMED TROUSERS
The uniform trousers of a seaman of height about 5ft 10ins measure 25 inches round the bottom. It is said that the practice of making sailors' trousers very full arose from the days when the men made their own clothes, when they found it easier and less wasteful of material to use the full width of the material. A bolt of serge in Britain has for years measured 54" across. This, allowing for two, two inch turn-ins, would be just perfect for two trousers legs. That wide trousers legs were subsequently found to be easier to roll up when scrubbing decks is often given as the reason why trousers were made wide, but it seems that this was not the original reason
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BOWLINE
The bowline was originally a special knot used by archers for securing their bowstrings

BROWNED OFF
In its early days, this expression was a naval one, meaning "reprimanded". The Army, however, produced the expression in the early stages of the 1939-45 war, with the meaning "fed up". This, by frequent usage, has now become the accepted meaning of the expression.

LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG
Common slang expression, meaning "The secret is out". From the practice of keeping the Naval cat o' nine tails in a red baize bag and not removing it until the offender was secured to the gratings and there was no possibility of a reprieve.

CHOCK A BLOCK, CHOCKER
Chock-a-block is an old Naval expression, meaning "Complete" or "Full up"; synonyms were "Two blocks" and "Block and block". It derives from the use of a hauling tackle - when the two blocks of the purchase were touching each other the lower one could obviously be hoisted no further, and so the work was completed. Modern slang has corrupted the expression to "Chocker", meaning "Fed up".

SEWING UP A CORPSE FOR BURIAL AT SEA
It is the custom when sewing up a corpse previous to burial at sea for the sailmaker (or other rating doing this job) to put the last stitch through the nose of the corpse. This is done to make certain that the body is indeed a corpse, since it happened once that when the sailmaker inadvertently put his needle through the nose of the body, the alleged corpse suddenly made a move to sit up, the shock of having his nose pierced being sufficient to revive him from his state of catalepsy.

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