master-at-arms master-at-arms


  • (n) the senior petty officer; responsible for discipline aboard ship


  1. His shipmates are a sorry, ragtag lot, full of hate and fear for the sadistic master-at-arms, Mister Claggart.
  2. The one exception is the master-at-arms, John Claggart, a figure of Mephistophelean evil, who, hating all goodness, cannot but hate Billy Budd and plot his destruction.
  3. The boy's good nature and good looks provoke the hatred of John Claggart, the lago-like master-at-arms.


  • Petty officer killed in crash remembered as 'one in a million'

    Things had been going well for master-at-arms Philip Bordeaux in recent weeks — he had just pinned on second class, attended his first watch meeting and was looking forward to his brother’s wedding in the States.
    on August 9, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

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