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bilge water

Nautical. bilge (def 1d).
Also called bilge. Slang. foolish, worthless, or offensive talk or ideas; nonsense; rubbish.
Origin of bilge water
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “There are worse smells than bilge water,” replied the captain.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • The arrangement for baling out the bilge water is extremely laborious.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • Your gas is in the bottom of the boat, along with the bilge water.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • You lie on your stomach on the bottom, letting any bilge water slopping around loose soak into your chest.

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
  • The old tar was pleased mightily, and the smell of oakum and bilge water appeared to act on him like a tonic.

    Dave Porter in the South Seas Edward Stratemeyer
  • The 'atches are battened down, it's as 'ot as a furnace, and the stink of the bilge water's enough to knock you down.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett
  • The place was low, not more than seven feet in height, and the slaves lay ironed in the bilge water on the bottom of the vessel.

    Montezuma's Daughter H. Rider Haggard
  • “It matters not; salt or bilge water makes little difference,” returned the son with a smile.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • "It matters not; salt or bilge water makes little difference," returned the son with a smile.

    Blown to Bits Robert Michael Ballantyne
  • Like bad eggs, salt, and tenpenny nails biled in bilge water.

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