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Scudding under Bare Poles

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In seaman’s language to scud means to drive before a gale with no sails, or only just enough to keep the vessel ahead of the sea; “scudding under bare poles” is being driven by the wind so violently that no sail at all is set. Figuratively it means to cut and run so precipitately as to leave no trace behind.

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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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Scribe
Scriblerus (Martinus)
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Scriptorēs Quinque
Scriptorēs Tres [the three writers]
Scriptorium
Scriptures
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