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A
A1
Above Board, All
Adrift
Ahoy
Albatross
All at Sea
All Hands On Deck
All in a Day’s Work
Allow a Little Leeway
All Sewn Up, It’s
All Washed Up
Aloof
Anchor
Antenna
Any Port in a Storm
Armed to the Teeth
Avast
Awash
B
Back and Fill
Bad Name
Bail Out
Ballast
Barge In
Batten Down the Hatches
Beached
Beam Ends
Bear(ing) Up
Bear Down (Off)
Belay
Bend on a Splice
Between Devil and Deep Blue Sea
Between or Betwixt Wind and Water
Bigwig
Bilge or Bilge Water
Bitter End
Black Book
Blazer
Blood Is Thicker Than Water
Blue Monday
Bonanza
Booby Hatch
Bootleg
Born With Silver Spoon in His Mouth
Bottle Up
Braced Up
Brought Up Short
Buccaneer
Buoy
By and Large
By Guess and by God
By the Board(s)
C
Caboose
Careen
Casting Around
Catch My Drift
Chew the Fat
Chit
Chock-a-block (Chock Full)
Chow
Clean Bill of Health
Clean Slate
Clear the Deck
Close Quarters
Cock Up
Cold Enough to Freeze the Balls Off a Brass Monkey
Copper Bottomed Investment
Couple of Shakes
Cranky
Crew Cut
Cross the Line
Crow Flies, Straight As
Cruiser
Cut and Run
Cut of His Jib
Cutting the Painter
D
Davy Jones Locker
Dead Marine or Dead Soldier
Deadwood
Deep Six
Deliver a Broadside
Derelict
Devil to Pay, the
Dirty Dog
Dismantle
Dog's Body
Doldrums
Don’t Give Up the Ship
Don’t Let the Cat out of the Bag
Down the Hatch
Dressing Down
Drogue Chute
Dutch Courage
Dutchman’s Breeches
E
Ebb and Flow
F
Fagged Out
Fairway
Fathom
Faux Paus
Fend Off
Field Day
Figurehead
Filibuster
First Rate
Fish or Cut Bait
Flogging A Dead Horse
Flotsam and Jetsam
Fluke
Fly By Night
Fogy
Forging Ahead
Footloose
Foul Up
Founder
Freshen the Hawser
From Stem to Stern
Fudge
G
Galoot
Gangway!
Get Into a Flap
Gingerbread
Give a Wide Berth
Give Leeway
Give Quarter
Go by the Board
Go Overboard
Great Guns
Grease the Ways or Skids
Great Guns
Grin and Bear It
Gripe
Groggy
Gunboat Diplomacy
H
Halcyon Days
Half Seas Over
Hand Over Fist
Hard and Fast
Hard Up
Haul up Short
Haze
Head
Hell’s Bell’s!
Helm
High and Dry
Hijack
Hit the Deck
Hodgepodge
Hold Off
Hooker
Horse Latitudes
Hotshot
Hulk
Hunky Dory
I
Idler
I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight
I’m Allright Jack
In the Doldrums
In the Offing
In the Same Boat
In the Wake
J
Jack
Jaunty
Johnny Come Lately
Jonah
Junk (Chunk)
Jury Rig(ged)
K
Keelhaul
Keep A Weather Eye Open
Knock Off
Know the Ropes
L
Laid Up
Landlubber
Landmark
Latitude
Launch
Lay of the Land
Learn the Ropes
Leeway
Let The Cat Out of the Bag
Lifeline
Limey
Loaded to the Gunn’ls
Loggerheads, at
Look One Way and Row Another
Loophole
Loose Cannon
Loose Ends
Lopsided
Lose Their Way
Lower the Boom
M
Maelstrom
Main Stay (As in "He Was the Mainstay of Our Team")
Make a Clean Sweep
Make Both Ends Meet
Make(ing) Headway
Married To The
Gunner’s Daughter
Mind Your P’s and Q’s
Miss The Boat
Monkey
N
Nausea
Nautical
Nippers and Half Pints
No Man’s Land
No Room to Swing a (Dead) Cat
Nosey Parker
Now You’re Talking
O
Offing
On an Even Keel
On Another Tack
On the Right or Wrong Tack
On the Rocks
Over a Barrel
Overbearing
Overhaul
Overreach
Overwhelm
P
Peacoat
Pigeonhole
Pipe Down
Plain Sailing
Pooped
Posh
Powder Monkeys
Q
Quarantine
R
Rats From a Sinking Ship
Real McCoy
Rig
Ringleader
Rostrum
Round Robin
Rub Salt in the Wound
Rummage Sale
Run Afoul of
Run(ning) A Tight Ship
Running the Gauntlet
S
Sailing Under False Colors
Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel
Scuppered
Scuttle
Scuttlebutt
Sea Change
Sea Lawyer
Sea Legs
Shake (Or) Show a Leg
Shanghai
She Won’t Wear It
Ship of Fools
Shipshape (and Bristol Fashion)
Ships That Pass in the Night
Shiver Me Timbers
Shove Off
Show Your True Colors
Sing Out
Skipper
Skylarking
Skyscraper
Slewed
Sloppy
Slush Fund
Snub
Son of a Gun
Son of a Sea Cook
Sound(ing)Out
Splice The Main Brace
Square Meal
Standoff
Stranded
Staunch
Stave Off
Stem to Stern
Stinkpot
Stranded
Suck The Monkey
Sun Is Over the Yardarm
Swab, Swab the Deck
Swallow the Anchor
Swamped
T
Tack
Taken Aback
Take Down a Pegor Two
Take Someone Down a Peg
Take The Wind Out of Your Sails
Tar
Teetotaler
Tell It to the Marines
Three Sheets to The Wind
(also One Sheet to the Wind)
Tide Over
Tidy
Time and Tide Waiteth for No Man
Toe The Line
Touch and Go
Touch It with a 10 Foot Pole
Trick
True Blue
Turn a Blind Eye
Turned Out
U
Under The Weather
W
Walk the Chalk
Wallop
Warning Shot Across The Bow
Waster
Weather a Storm
Weather Eye
Whole Nine Yards
Windfall
Windfall Profit
Wishy Washy
Dictionary
"A" Terms
"B" Terms
"C" Terms
"D" Terms
"E-F" Terms
"G-L" Terms
"M-R" Terms
"S" Terms
"T" Terms
"U-W" Terms
"X-Z" Terms

Fun Terms

* All terms from the book:
   Everything I Wanted to Know About: Nautical Terms, Sailing Dictionary, & Boating Glossary
   By Captain Peter W. Damisch

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