One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shelter or platform fixed at the masthead of a vessel as a place for a lookout to stand.
- ‘They appeared to use every location on the ship, including one couple who specialised in the crow's-nest.’
- ‘Orchestra and conductor, perched on a crow's-nest staging vertically above the sea, need a head for heights as well as musical virtuosity, and the audience needs a disciplined ear if its head is not to be turned by the setting.’
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