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sea lawyer

noun, Nautical Slang.
a sailor inclined to question or complain about the orders given.
Origin of sea lawyer
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I decided that now was the time to take care of this sea lawyer.

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason
  • There was no answer to this, and the sea lawyer took a new tack.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • He was one of those men who do a great deal of mischief on board a ship, and are generally known by the name of “a sea lawyer.”

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • Occasionally a sea lawyer, one with an established reputation as such among the crew, would come up.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • Old Jos, as he was called, was somewhat of a sea lawyer in his way, though not the less superstitious on that account.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for sea lawyer

sea lawyer

(nautical, slang) a contentious seaman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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