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salt junk

noun, Nautical Slang.
salted beef or pork.
Origin of salt junk
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Henceforth a season of activity, seasoned with salt junk, is to be the order of the day.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • How could you even think of trying to roast a bit of salt junk?

    Fritz and Eric John Conroy Hutcheson
  • "salt junk and hard tack," suggested Wilton, who was not partial to this diet.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • Instead of pork and salt junk, the men were allowed turkeys; and in place of boiled hominy and molasses, they had plum pudding.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • He prefers a West Indian life of warmth and unlimited bananas to an existence in a damp ship on salt junk and biscuit.

  • Another set of fellows adhered pertinaciously to their salt junk and hard tack, ship bread and beef.

  • There being no fresh provisions in the market, I have to put up with salt junk.

  • I can sleep on that heartbreaking husk mattress with Ingua, but I'll be skinned if I eat your salt junk and corn pone.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • Withal, sailors who have been for months on a diet of “salt junk,” not only eat, but pronounce it highly palatable.

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • Deal better than salt junk and pickled pig and biscuit, I can tell yer.

    The Black Bar George Manville Fenn

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