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An old term from the days of sailing navies. It indicated that a ship had been laid up in a dockyard or harbour, and its masts, rigging, sails, and guns taken out and stored ashore, and the upper deck temporarily roofed over with timber to keep the ship dry. The term was also sometimes used to indicate the men who remained on board ships in this condition, usually the warrant officers and their servants.

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