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mammy chair

noun Nautical Slang.
  1. a slinglike device for raising or lowering passengers to and from ships anchored away from the shore in a heavy swell.
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Origin of mammy chair

First recorded in 1900–05
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • From the deck the second officer would swing a mammy-chair over the side with the idea of dropping it into one of these boats.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa

    Richard Harding Davis

  • A mammy-chair is like one of those two-seated swings in which people sit facing one another.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa

    Richard Harding Davis