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: the act or practice of steering
[ from its originally being located near the rudder ]
: a section of inferior accommodations in a passenger ship for passengers paying the lowest fares
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: the section on a passenger ship in the past where passengers who had the cheapest tickets would stay
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