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Examples from the Web for spithead

Historical Examples of spithead

  • The gentleman of whom I spoke went down to Spithead to see them off.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • "Those chaps are trying to get in between the Spithead forts," said Erskine.

  • He, however, was compelled to return to Spithead without meeting them.

  • I speak of the mutinies which broke out at the Nore, at Spithead, and elsewhere.

    Old Jack

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • We quitted it with a convoy on the 28th, and arrived at Spithead the following morning.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for spithead


  1. an extensive anchorage between the mainland of England and the Isle of Wight, off Portsmouth
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