- a sailor inclined to question or complain about the orders given.
Origin of sea lawyer
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for sea lawyer
"I am no lawyer, not even a sea-lawyer," I answered, wondering what he was driving at.Up the River
I must get rid of this sea-lawyer instantly, or worse will come of it.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI
Robert Louis Stevenson
As the sea-lawyer had said, the evidence was all against him.Dutch Courage and Other Stories
The sea-lawyer is the calculating, dissatisfied, eloquent man.
Look here, brother Harry,” he cried; “is this my nephew Sydney, or some confounded young son of a sea-lawyer?Syd Belton
George Manville Fenn
- nautical slang a contentious seaman