accommodation ladder

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noun
  1. a portable flight of steps, usually having a small platform at each end, suspended at the side of a vessel to give access to and from boats alongside.

Origin of accommodation ladder

First recorded in 1760–70
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accommodation ladder

noun
  1. nautical a flight of stairs or a ladder for lowering over the side of a ship for access to and from a small boat, pier, etc
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