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Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink

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Lines from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The speaker, a sailor on a becalmed ship, is surrounded by salt water that he cannot drink.

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By extension, these lines are used to describe a situation in which someone is in the midst of plenty but cannot partake of it.

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