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day man

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noun
  1. a seaman who is a member of a deck gang.
  2. Also called idler. a member of a ship's company who does not stand watch and who ordinarily works only during the day, as a carpenter or sailmaker.
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Origin of day man

First recorded in 1875–80
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  • Is it not a relic of Norman rule, from the French journée, signifying a day-man?

    Notes & Queries, No. 19, Saturday, March 9, 1850

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