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Old Man of the Sea

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  1. (in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments) an old man who clung to the shoulders of Sindbad the Sailor for many days and nights.
  2. a burden, annoyance, care, or the like, from which it is extremely difficult to free oneself.
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  • She'll be an old-man-of-the-sea hanging around your neck whom you can't shake off.

    Bought and Paid For

    Arthur Hornblow

  • This time we separated from our old-man-of-the-sea; the baggage went on to Portbou to await our afternoon arrival.

    Glories of Spain

    Charles W. Wood