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rogue's yarn

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A coloured yarn of jute laid up in a strand of rope to identify the materials from which it was made. Commercially made manila rope was marked with a black rogue's yarn, naval manila rope ...

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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...'s yarn , a coloured yarn of jute laid up in a strand of rope to identify the materials from which it was made. Commercially made manila rope was marked with a black rogue's yarn, naval manila rope with red in each of two strands. Commercial sisal rope had a red rogue's yarn, naval sisal had yellow in each of two strands. Commercial hemp had no rogue's yarn, naval hemp had red in all three strands. Coir rope was marked with a yellow rogue's yarn in one strand only. Originally, rogue's yarns were used only in naval rope and indicated from their...

rogue's yarn

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A coloured yarn of jute laid up in a strand of rope to identify the materials from which it was made. Commercially made manila rope was marked with a black rogue's yarn, naval manila rope with red in ...
Yarn

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... Rogue’s yarn See under rogue . Spin a yarn, To See under spin...

Rogue

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...apart from the herd. Rogue’s badge A racehorse or a hunter that becomes obstinate and refuses to do its work is known as a rogue, and the blinkers that it is made to wear are the rogue’s badge. Rogues’ gallery A collection of photographs of known criminals, used for the identification of suspects. Rogues’ Latin The same as thieves’ latin . Rogue’s march The tune played when an undesirable soldier was drummed out of his regiment. Hence an ignominious dismissal. Rogue’s yarn The name given to the coloured strand forming part of a government rope inserted to...

Broad

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...British government property, formerly also used on convicts’ clothing. There are various explanations of its origin, but in 1698 an Act was passed imposing heavy penalties on anyone found in possession of naval stores or other goods marked with the broad arrow. See also rogue’s yarn . Broad Church A group within the church of england favouring theological liberalism and tolerance, typified by the writers of Essays and Reviews ( 1860 ). The name dates from the mid-19th century and the party had certain affinities with the latitudinarians of former...

rope

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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...when wet and was liable to mildew. The different ropes were often identified by rogue's yarn . The process of rope-making is the same for all natural fibres. Each fibre is generally about 1.5 metres (5 ft) in length and, in right-handed rope, known as Z-twist, is spun right handed to form yarns, sufficient overlapping fibres being used to form a continuous yarn. The spinning binds the fibres firmly together, the individual fibres being held in place by friction. The yarns are then gathered together and twisted left handed into strands ; three strands (or...

Apuleius, Lucius

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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...matter of supernatural beliefs, detail the survival of Afro-Eastern religions, and describe ancient customs that have survived the conquest of Rome. Whether Apuleius was a true devotee of Isis (some suspect he was initiated during his Egyptian travels) or whether he enjoyed a good yarn is unclear. An ironic master-of-ceremony, who introduces himself as one “Lucius,” presides over the prologue, describing himself as a lone wolf outsider who, seeking his fortunes in Rome, was forced to “attack and master” the Latin language (Kenney, The Golden Ass , book 1,...

Central Intelligence Agency

Central Intelligence Agency   Reference library

Richard J. Aldrich, Christopher Moran, and Simon Willmetts

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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...1964 , which allowed for public institutions and officials to be named without official approval, films that dealt explicitly with the agency were rare. Famously, in 1959 , Alfred Hitchcock was required by the legal department at Universal to change the title of his classic spy yarn starring Cary Grant from CIA Story to North by Northwest . After 1964 , however, filmmakers became emboldened, and more critical visions of the CIA began to emerge. Films like The President's Analyst , Scorpio , and Three Days of the Condor presented a picture of the CIA...

Cultural Studies Approaches to the Study of Crime in Film and on Television

Cultural Studies Approaches to the Study of Crime in Film and on Television   Reference library

Neal King, Rayanne Streeter, and Talitha Rose

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture

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...women as heroes. Though soaked in blood shed by criminals, such films tended not to be categorized as “crime films” unless focused on cops, however. The focus on rogue cops that had appeared in cinema migrated quickly to television, with storylines focused more on personal conflicts of police heroes, in hour-long segments aired later in the evening ( Arntfield, 2011 ). Dirty Harry’s rogue cop was softened to the point of light comedy for the series Kojak ( 1973–1978 ); Clint Eastwood’s Western lawman in New York from Coogan’s Bluff became the series...

Fiction

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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...the niceties of plot without a dictionary. Successful sea tales project from a double axis of the real and the imagined, charting a jagged line as the plot moves between the authentic and the fabricated. Few sea stories are purely realistic or symbolic. Rather, like any good yarn, they intermingle fact and fiction to depict a believable nautical world while still developing characters and themes of spiritual and philosophical significance, whether they describe natural enemies, such as sudden storms, uncharted reefs, white whales, huge marlins, predatory...

Asian Americans and Digital Games

Asian Americans and Digital Games   Reference library

Christopher B. Patterson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...Nakamura , “Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture,” American Quarterly 66, no. 4 (2014): 919–941. 38. As Nakamura states, “The idea that Navajo weavers are ideally suited, indeed hard-wired, to craft circuit designs onto either yarn or metal appeals to a romantic notion of what Indians are and the role that they play in U.S. histories of technology.” See Nakamura, “Indigenous Circuits.” 39. Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies , loc. 1562. 40. Consider Siobhan Reddy, who Forbes named one of the ten most powerful...

Literature

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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...human purpose involved in navigation, and the connection between geographical discovery and self-discovery. These themes mark every stage of Odysseus’s return from the Trojan War, and as he recapitulates the whole of his extraordinary voyage to Penelope he tells the first seaman’s yarn in the western world. That archetype persists in voyage narratives through the centuries down to our day, and not only in direct rewrites like Alfred , Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” Nikos Kazantzakis’s The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel , or Derek Walcott’s Omeros , but also less...

fiddledeedee!

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...and Merry I i: Oh, fiddlededee the mourning! 1865 H. Kingsley Hillyars and Burtons ( 1870 ) 18: Fidledeedee about terrible rogues. 1886 M.E. Kennard Girl in the Brown Habit III 228: Fiddle-de-dee! That was an idiotic idea! 1905 L. Pound ‘Dialect Speech in Nebraska’ in DN III:i 61: fiddle, fiddle-sticks, fiddle-de-dee , interj. ‘O fiddle , that's nonsense’. 1905 Sporting Times 20 May 1/4: ‘No yarns about.’ ‘Oh, fiddledee, they only want finding,’ she...

spindle

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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... III ii: What tho your husband lent my wife your distaff, shall not the yarn be mine? He have the head, let him carry the spindle home agen. 1659 Greene & Lodge Lady Alimony IV iii: Poor Ladies how we dwindle! Who can spin without a Spindle? 1697 Art of Cuckoldom in C.C. Mish Restoration Prose Fiction ( 1970 ) 195: If I understand a Spindle from a Wheel, or a Pestle from a Mortar […] I tell you once more, this impudent She Cozen of yours, is a downright he Rogue, Madam. c. 1707 ‘ Bonny Peggy Ramsey ’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads ...

f.u.b.a.r.

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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... adj. [abbr. f ucked u p b eyond a ll r ecognition] 1 ( orig. US milit. ) extremely unhappy. 1957 (con. 1943 ) A. Myrer Big War 129: Hel-lo Chief, what's to this beef? […] What's to this yarn about you being a fubar character from the word advance? 2 ( orig. US milit. ) totally beyond repair and/or control. 1946 ‘Words in -fu ’ in AS XXI:3 Oct. 71/2: Yank mag. in the spring of 1944 told of a squadron that was part Army, part Navy, part Marine and was scattered all over the Pacific doing practically every conceivable job that...

all right

all right adj.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...had once been an all-right crook, was then a Scotland Yard stool-pigeon. 1912 Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Oct. 5/2: The stubborn ‘barney’ re a price, the quarrels o'er a lass, / These everyday vexations cease beside a brimming glass; / And they who came ‘to have it out’ remain to yarn and smoke, / And later tell their curious friends, ‘Oh, he's an all-right bloke.’ 1928 R. Carr Rampant Age 4: You'll be all-right pool shark – when you grow up. 1930 (con. 1870s) A. Carey Memoirs of a Murder Man 59: The doctor's all right. He couldn't afford to be...

magsman

magsman n.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...and Death at the Old Bailey 63: The following crook's words and phrases date from the days of the old Old Bailey: […] thieves who watch for countrymen at railway stations and in the streets – magsmen . 1964 T. Ronan Packhorse and Pearling Boat 239: The Grizzly Bear had a yarn of some smooth-mannered, fast-talking magsman. 1973 (ref. to 1890s) ‘Gloss. of Larrikin Terms’ in J. Murray Larrikins 203: magsman: a racecourse tout, or a street swindler who takes people in. 1989 J. Morton Lowspeak 96: Magsman – now a petty thief but originally a...

blankety-blank

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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... (N.Y.) 15 Aug. 1/1: Why, you long, lean blankety blank blank … you ought to be strung up by the thumbs, you big, ugly ham. 1890 Sporting Times 8 Feb. 1/4: Well, strike me blanky blankity blank, I should be a blank, dash, blanky, blank if I didn't. 1895 J.S. Wood Yale Yarns 32: What the blankety blank do they want to go and soften 'emselves up with girls for. 1903 J. London People of the Abyss 45: ‘I'll do as I like, blankety, blank, blank!’ ‘I'd like ter see yer, blankety, blank, blank!’ 1910 H. Hapgood Types From City Streets 160: You...

not care a curse

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...tried to look as if we'd just drawn our cheques and didn't care a curse for any man. 1898 J. Fox Jr ‘Courtin’ on Cutshin' in Hell Fer Sartain and Other Stories n.p.: He jes […] swings his chin aroun' as though he didn't give a cuss fer nothin'. 1900 T.J. Carey Hebrew Yarns and Dialect Humor 81/2: If the ‘skunks’ will not alter their manners, / I don't care a ‘cuss,’ ‘let 'em slide.’ 1903 J. Furphy Such is Life 40: He would have it his own way, and I didn't give a curse, so on we went. 1906 New Boys' World 22 Dec. 76: Working hard for a...

hide

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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... 1816 W.T. Moncrieff All at Coventry I ii: I'll mill you rogue – your hide I'll flog. 1833 J. Neal Down-Easters I 104: Let 'em lump it if they don't like it, an' squirm their hides off. 1843 L.H. Medina Nick of the Woods II i: Tell me whar the Injuns are concealed, or I'll have your cowardly hide flogged off of you! 1856 M. Griffith Autobiog. of a Female Slave 169: Now take your dirty black hide away, or it will be the worse for you. 1867 G.W. Harris Sut Lovingood's Yarns 295: The wind sumhow gethered atwixt the hary side ove dad's...

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