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boarding party

a group of persons who board a vessel, especially to attack, seize, or search it.
Origin of boarding party
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They were the last of the boarding party—the girl was nowhere in sight.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • But in the man in command of the boarding party I recognized Tomas Castro!

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • A minute's delay on their part might give the pirates time to beat off the boarding party and escape.

    No Moss Harry Castlemon
  • On receiving this information, the captain of the schooner ordered his boarding party to quit us.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • No sooner were the boarding party again on the destroyer than Rawlins beckoned Mr. Pauling aside.

  • The boarding party would have a snooper, but if he was quick, they wouldn't have time to nail him.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • The boarding party would never rest until they had accounted for all three.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • Half an hour later, Major Thornton stood on the hull of the Shudos, surrounded by the sixty men of the boarding party.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • If so, I had no desire to meet any members of a boarding party until I had destroyed the sealed dispatch entrusted to me.

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