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  • n  a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel

  • Yachtsmen remember the Westward, once the largest yacht in British waters, Hatry's dives from her bowsprit, his remark: "Swimming is the only sport that I, personally, enjoy.
  • Last week the British Navy rode the Mediterranean and the Italian Navy was afraid to poke a bowsprit out of port.
  • The gimlet stare, the laconic speech, the cigar stub jutting like a bowsprit from the face, the seafaring background and fo'c'sle oaths, the muscular armall are there.

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