One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A naval petty officer appointed to carry out or supervise police duties on board a ship.
- ‘The door of the small room opened, and a naval enlisted man with the markings of a master-at-arms poked his head in.’
- ‘Boys and girls have their own separate sections of the ship, with matrons and masters-at-arms to look after them, in addition to the educational staff.’
- ‘The master-at-arms immediately walked over toward Jack, taking out a pair of handcuffs.’
- ‘As master-at-arms, he is the policeman of the ship.’
- ‘The duties of the master-at-arms force are the same here as at any base in the world - ‘To protect and serve.’’
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