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salt horse

noun, Nautical Slang.
salted beef; salt junk.
Origin of salt horse
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We have a rejected recruit for a cook, and have made a draft on the commissary for salt horse, hard-tack and coffee.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • The black fin was swimming around the salt horse, and it was easy to decide between them.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • The "salt horse" which was served out for breakfast aboard the Royal James made scant appeal to the Delaware boy's appetite.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • Meantime the cook forgot that he was the humble dispenser of salt horse and pea soup.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • They are most valuable additions to a fleet, for they supply fresh meat and vegetables to improve "Jack's" diet of "salt horse."

  • We would hardly spare the time to get a bite of salt horse—neither eat nor sleep.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • I supposed he was going to ask me to let the watch break out a barrel of flour, or some salt horse.

    Man Overboard! F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • Then we pulled ourselves together and cooked coffee and salt horse.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • This is even better than salt horse, declared Wiley, munching away.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • In one hold was discovered a number of barrels of "salt horse and pork," but they were all dried up and unfit for human food.

    The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam John Henry Goldfrap

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