bilges :

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  • n  in a vessel with two hulls, an enclosed area between the frames at each side
  • n  water accumulated in the bilge of a ship
  • n  where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
  • v  cause to leak
  • v  take in water at the bilge

  • Aboard their ships, filthy water and human and animal wastes sloshed around in the bilges for a month or more.
  • They're not wearing uniforms or talking about bilges and barges.
  • Men who scarcely ever fixed a leaky faucet or pushed a lawnmower are busily hosing decks, rubbing brightwork, varnishing mahogany, bailing bilges.

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