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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Henceforth a season of activity, seasoned with salt junk, is to be the order of the day.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • The salt junk was either scarcely warm through, or was boiled into a soup.

    Jack Archer G. A. Henty
  • How could you even think of trying to roast a bit of salt junk?

    Fritz and Eric John Conroy Hutcheson
  • There was a certain amount of salt junk left aboard, but the chief diet was nothing but hard-tack, and that was mouldy.

    Beggars on Horseback F. Tennyson Jesse
  • "salt junk and hard tack," suggested Wilton, who was not partial to this diet.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • 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)
  • He prefers a West Indian life of warmth and unlimited bananas to an existence in a damp ship on salt junk and biscuit.

  • The salt junk found on board the wreck had been kept to be used only in case of necessity.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • Another set of fellows adhered pertinaciously to their salt junk and hard tack, ship bread and beef.

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