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hamper

Nautical gear aboard a vessel that, though essential, is often in the way

hamper

[′ham·pər]
(naval architecture)
Articles of outfit, especially spars, rigging, and so on, above the deck.
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Winkle, rolled off the box once again, and proceeded to unpack the hamper with more expedition than could have been expected from his previous inactivity.
The fresh bottle was produced, and speedily emptied: the hamper was made fast in its old place--the fat boy once more mounted the box--the spectacles and pocket- glass were again adjusted--and the evolutions of the military recommenced.
It goes through the hamper, and gives a cheesy flavour to everything else there.
The carriage was ordered round, the hamper, containing our contribution to the Picnic, was duly stowed away, and we set forth.
seized Pigling by the scruff of the neck, and dropped him into the hamper.
Vixen could not even see her master look at them without painful excitement: she got into the hamper and got out again the next moment, and behaved with true feminine folly, though looking all the while as wise as a dwarf with a large old-fashioned head and body on the most abbreviated legs.
This hamper holds a great deal; we must have a division of labor.
John Richardson of Newcastle to his dear cousin Jemmy Cole, in London, with an account that he sent by such a vessel (for I remembered all the particulars to a title), so many pieces of huckaback linen, so many ells of Dutch holland and the like, in a box, and a hamper of flint glasses from Mr.
Grandmother went on talking in her polite Virginia way, not admitting their stark need or her own remissness, until Jake arrived with the hamper, as if in direct answer to Mrs.
Alec suggested when Mac said he felt as jolly as if he had been drinking champagne instead of the current wine that came with a great frosted cake wreathed with sugar roses in Aunt Plenty's hamper of goodies.
Seymore Fentolin sent down a hamper for you," the woman replied, "with a message from Mr.
We have a picnic hamper with us, which marks our purpose in the public eye.