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archaic variant of booze


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variants or bowse

transitive verb

nautical : to pull or haul by means of a tackle
also : to haul well taut and belay (as a purchase)
usually used with taut

intransitive verb

nautical : to bouse something
usually used with taut

Word History



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“Bouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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