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Bare Poles

(Under) implies that the weather is rough and the wind so high that the ship displays no sails on the masts. Figuratively applied to a man reduced to the last extremity. Figuratively, a disingenuous person sails under bare poles.

We were scudding before a heavy gale, under bare poles.”—Capt. Marryat.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Barcochebah or Barchõchebas (Shimeon)
Bardesanists
Bardit
Bardo deBardi
Bardolph
Bards
Barebone Parliament (The)
Barefaced
Barefooted
Bare Poles
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Bark
Barker
Barktan
Barlaham
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Barley-bree
Barley Cap
Barleycorn
Barley-mow