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mess gear

Origin of mess gear
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Have all boats in by "mess gear" unless special permission is given.

    Campward Ho! Unknown
  • After we had finished four men washed up the mess gear and the rest of us turned to and swept down the room.

  • Things were flying and I did not take time to get my shovel, which I had in my pack, but used my mess gear instead.

  • We worked hard all day, and, when mess gear was piped for supper, we could hardly repress a sigh of heartfelt relief.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday
  • Several minutes before "mess gear" was due, a lookout at the masthead reported smoke in sight off the starboard bow.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday
  • By the time "mess gear" was piped, the ship was very clean, so during the afternoon we were left largely to our own devices.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday
  • He did his share in policing the grounds, never shirked a cigar end or a bit of paper and amused many a mess gear line.

    Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
  • I suddenly remembered something that I wanted done about the men's mess gear, and returned along the companion way.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield

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