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Browse his Jib (To)

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A sailor’s phrase, meaning to drink till the face is flushed and swollen. The jib means the face, and to browse here means “to fatten.”

⁂ The only correct form of the phrase, however, is “to bowse his jib.” To bowse the jib means to haul the sail taut; and as a metaphor signifies that a man is “tight.”

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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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Brownists
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