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bilge water

  1. Nautical. bilge(def 1d).
  2. Also called bilge. Slang. foolish, worthless, or offensive talk or ideas; nonsense; rubbish.
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Origin of bilge water

First recorded in 1700–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bilge water

Historical Examples

  • A vessel dunnages below the dry cargo to keep it from bilge-water.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • But in the place we were now in, I had to take his word for it, for it was all as black as bilge-water.

  • It had a Dyer's tub attached to it, which was filled with bilge-water.

  • But the rocking of the ship every moment became more violent, and the smell of the bilge-water more nauseous.

    The Boy Tar

    Mayne Reid

  • A quantity of ashes was carried down into the bilge-water pump and obstructed the steam-pump.