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sea lawyer

noun Nautical Slang.
  1. a sailor inclined to question or complain about the orders given.
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Origin of sea lawyer

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for sea lawyer

Historical Examples

  • "I am no lawyer, not even a sea-lawyer," I answered, wondering what he was driving at.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • I must get rid of this sea-lawyer instantly, or worse will come of it.

  • As the sea-lawyer had said, the evidence was all against him.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for sea lawyer

sea lawyer

  1. nautical slang a contentious seaman
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