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interjection

(as a command) put the ship about.

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Origin of about ship

First recorded in 1865–70

Definition for about ship (2 of 2)

about-ship
[ uh-bout-ship ]
/ əˌbaʊtˈʃɪp /

verb (used without object), a·bout-shipped, a·bout-ship·ping.

Nautical. to tack.

Origin of about-ship

First recorded in 1680–90
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about-ship

verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped

(intr) nautical to manoeuvre a vessel onto a new tack
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