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deck hand

Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.
Origin of deck hand
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He tried to hire out as deck hand, but his age was against him.

  • "About nothin'; been waiting for you," replied my deck hand, with his customary grin.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • The professor was still in a deep sleep; having been transferred by the aid of a deck hand, or two, to his bower.

  • No one knew her but Ponting, who had for several years acted as deck hand on some of the Mediterranean boats.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • No self-respecting man would ship as a deck hand under the then existing conditions.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • With the aid of the other deck hand he quickly removed from bow to stern everything that had weight.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston
  • The grotesque and massive aspect of that deck hand (I suppose he was that—very likely the lamp-trimmer) surprised me very much.

    A Personal Record Joseph Conrad
  • Having shipped as a deck hand on board a steamer at Beirout, he reached New York.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • The deck hand was trembling visibly and his eyes were wild but he was evidently striving to maintain his composure.

    With Sully into the Sioux Land Joseph Mills Hanson
  • Captain Schultz, the engineer, the fireman and the deck hand appeared on deck.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for deck hand

deck hand

a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship
(in Britain) a seaman over 17 years of age who has seen sea duty for at least one year
a helper aboard a yacht
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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