about-ship

[uh-bout-ship]

Origin of about-ship

First recorded in 1680–90

about ship

interjection
  1. (as a command) put the ship about.

Origin of about ship

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for about-ship

about-ship

verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped
  1. (intr) nautical to manoeuvre a vessel onto a new tack
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