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The operation of pressing oakum into a seam with a knife or chisel as a temporary measure until the seam can be properly caulked. The full expression is that the oakum is chinched in. It is also used to denote the light caulking of a seam in places where the ship's structure cannot withstand the full force of caulking with a caulking iron and heavy hammer.

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