- to haul with tackle.
Origin of bouse1
First recorded in 1585–95; of uncertain origin
- liquor or drink.
- a drinking bout; carouse.
- to drink, especially to excess.
Origin of bouse2
1250–1300; Middle English bous strong drink < Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess; cf. booze
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Examples from the Web for bowse
“I see something which has a sail, though,” exclaimed Bowse.
“And you,” said Zappa, in the same patois, turning to Bowse.
“I would rather we could catch her again with a few of them in her,” observed Bowse.
Bowse repeated the question, in the lingua Franca of those seas.
“No, miss, the cold—the night air may do you harm,” rejoined Bowse.
- a variant spelling of bouse
- (tr) nautical to raise or haul with a tackle
C16: of unknown origin
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