adverb (or adjective) acock·bill \ə-ˈkäk-ˌbil\

Definition of acockbill

  1. 1 of an anchor :  in place at the cathead or bow and ready to be dropped

  2. 2 of a ship's yards :  in a tipped-up position :  at an angle to the deck

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Origin and Etymology of acockbill

acock + bill (end of an anchor)

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a brief usually trivial fact

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