- to cruise as a privateer.
Origin of privateer
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One of her courtiers bet that Clark Gable as Rhett Butler would be her ideal, “a privateer, a romantic, and a fabulous cad.”The Sexy Side of Maggie: How Thatcher Used Her Softer Quality
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This heritage has so influenced his cuisine that Roellinger is often referred to as "the privateer chef."A Superstar Chef Does the Unthinkable
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His own nephew was said to be among them; but him he would not serve, as he had been captured in a privateer.
We laughed at him, and advised him to be quiet and put us aboard the privateer.
Was n't he a smuggler, or a privateer's-man, or something of the kind?Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Are you he who commanded the "Dwarf" privateer in the Isle of France?'Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
There was no sign of privateer or pirate, as far as the eye could reach.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- an armed, privately owned vessel commissioned for war service by a government
- Also called: privateersman a commander or member of the crew of a privateer
- a competitor, esp in motor racing, who is privately financed rather than sponsored by a manufacturer
- (intr) to serve as a privateer
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Word Origin and History for privateer
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