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skiff

any of various small boats propelled by oars, sail, or motor
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The young sailor jumped into the skiff, and sat down in the stern sheets, with the order that he be put ashore at La Canebiere.
He was on the point of making loose his skiff to return homeward when he saw a light gleaming along the water from a distance, which seemed rapidly approaching.
Sam's curiosity was now fully aroused, so leaving his skiff he clambered silently up a ridge that overlooked their path.
Oliver Edwards pulled his little skiff to the first, and sat, for a minute, undecided whether to continue there, with his eyes on the door of the cabin, or to change his ground, with a view to get superior game.
Unconsciously I had ceased paddling as the serpent rose to engage my pursuer, so now the skiff still drifted close beside the two.
Embedded in the prow of the skiff lay the spear that had been cast after me by him whom I suddenly desired to save.
Hiding the skiff as best he could in some tangled bushes which grew to the water's edge, set there by order of the King to add to the beauty of the aspect from the river side, De Vac crept warily to the postern and, unchallenged, entered and sought his apartments in the palace.
Would I take him, Scotty, over in my skiff to call upon the harpooner?
I played the sailor and the man, fending off the skiff so that it would not mar the yacht's white paint, dropping the skiff astern on a long painter, and making the painter fast with two nonchalant half-hitches.
I can do it with whistles", Skiff Miller said proudly.
But it's all-fired hot in summer, beggin' your pardon," Skiff Miller laughed.
A grinning small boy, in a small, bright-painted and half-decked skiff, sailed close in to the wall and let go his sheet to spill the wind.