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pilot boat

a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships.
Origin of pilot boat
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was like a pilot boat going out to see that he got in safely.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • And will this pilot get into a pilot boat and go back to New York?

    Rollo on the Atlantic Jacob Abbott
  • A small boat was then seen coming from the pilot boat toward the ship.

    Rollo on the Atlantic Jacob Abbott
  • Passing a pilot boat, the captain shouted, "What's the news?"

    Sixty years with Plymouth Church Stephen M. Griswold
  • As the small craft came near, it was evident that she was a pilot boat.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • "I wish we'd stuck to the pilot boat," put in Sandy dismally.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon

    Dexter J. Forrester
  • People on pilot boat Calvert thought we were all hands drowned.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • After all that, you baffled me and got on shore; the fiends must have guided that pilot boat.

    A Noble Woman Ann S. Stephens
  • Ten minutes later, five points on the port bow, a pilot boat was sighted.

    The Harris-Ingram Experiment Charles E. Bolton
  • When we reached Japan, he couldn't wait for the steamer to dock but went ashore in the pilot boat, and made a bee line for Cook's.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice

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