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1 A British Navy term used in the days when grog was issued to seamen to describe its surreptitious removal in transit between the point of issue from the grog-tub to the mess for which it was due. It was carried between these points in a tall monkey and if a swig was taken en route, it was known as bleeding the monkey.

2 The operation of draining out of a buoy any water which may have seeped inside after long use at sea.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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