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1A two-masted square-rigged ship, typically having an additional lower fore-and-aft sail on the gaff and a boom to the mainmast.
- ‘The local fishing caravels and brigs appeared small and insignificant, overshadowed by the tall ships.’
- ‘One tremendously successful ship design was the two-masted brig of war.’
- ‘All day and night the good brig Quedagh Merchant bobbed and weaved through the winter's stormy blast.’
- ‘He arrived in South Australia on his own ship, the brig New Holland.’
- ‘‘A brig has sailed from here,’ says a letter from Ibiza.’
- ‘Back they went to Sydney to find another ship, this time on the brig Elizabeth.’
- ‘The captain and his crew on the brig Elizabeth exchanged a cargo of flax for transport to Akaroa.’
- ‘‘Diary of a Ship’ is 11 minutes following the Lady Washington, the brig that ‘played’ the Interceptor.’
- ‘Sixteen were barques and brigs engaged in foreign trade.’
- ‘Several men boarded the brig Geddes, at anchor in the Chester River.’
- ‘She must have been taken from the retrieval ship directly to the brig.’
- ‘The final fifteen men survived for another five days until their rescue by the Argus brig, a ship in the Medusa convoy.’
- ‘This two-masted 225 ton wooden brig, built in 1840, also was the victim of gale-force winds.’
- ‘A year later a group of American sealers arrived aboard the brig Union.’
- ‘Drastic measures were clearly needed to prevent these disasters and two small brigs were made ready.’
- ‘The captain of the brig listened attentively.’
- ‘We sailed out after the brig.’
- ‘The line to be captured totaled almost 40 kilometers in length, which was in excess of the combat capabilities of two brigs.’
2informal A prison, especially on a warship.
- ‘I've seen my fair share of brigs and prisons and I've seen them on both sides of the wall.’
- ‘They picked him up in 2002, locked him away in a military brig, finally brought charges a month ago.’
- ‘Anyone caught dilly dallying will be sent to the brig without question!’
- ‘The Army doesn't send all refuseniks to the brig.’
- ‘Didn't I leave you and yer friends in the brig.’
- ‘After being left in the brig for a few days the captain finally came to retrieve her.’
- ‘Instead, he simply said, ‘You enjoyed your stay in the brig?’’
- ‘They entered the brig and locked the door behind them.’
- ‘Back talk again, and you will be clamped in irons and thrown in the brig until we get to the next port.’
- ‘‘Do not make me lock you up in the brig again,’ he threatened, putting on his boots.’
- ‘A security team lead the prisoners off to the brig.’
- ‘Escort Mr Spencer to the brig, and make sure Miss Fellows knows what she needs to.’
- ‘And YOU need to remember, Nelal, you are a civilian, and I can have you thrown in the brig for such conduct.’
- ‘He wouldn't tell me what he had done to deserve to be locked in the brig.’
- ‘I'm pretty sure they could sell that information for something juicy in the brig.’
- ‘I shuddered, thinking of my own vacation in the brig.’
- ‘Start getting to work or I'll send you all down to the brig!’
- ‘Then you'll find yourselves in the brig awaiting trial, young man.’
- ‘‘No good trying to escape me, miss,’ he said and dragged her back down to the brig.’
- ‘You've saved a pirate from the brig, helped him find his hat and now you're talking surgery to him.’
Early 18th century: abbreviation of brigantine (the original sense).
nounNorthern english, Scottish
From Old Norse bryggja.
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