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How to use bilboes in a sentence
I've got the bridge right ahead, and the bilboes dead aft: I calls that good steerage, boy.The Pioneers|James Fenimore Cooper
Then, if we do not obey their foolish rules, they nab us when we come into port again, and fine us—perhaps put us in the bilboes.Dulcibel|Henry Peterson
Whether the Spanish Armada story is true or not, bilboes were certainly much used on board ship.
The next year another Newe-towne man, being penitent, Henry Bright, was set in the bilboes for “swearynge.”
He also suffered in the bilboes for cursing, for “prophane saying dam ye come.”