One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The outer extremity of a ship's yard.
- ‘Working high up a mast on the end of a yardarm isolated in the expanse of the southern ocean, it was an uncanny experience to eyeball one of these creatures.’
- ‘Traditionally, mastheads and yardarms of RN ships were decorated with bunches of greenery, a task carried out by the boatswain's party in the dark hours of the night on December 24.’
- ‘She grinned and flicked her eyebrow, letting her eyes follow his progress up the rigging and to the top yardarm, were he settled into the tarpaulin for his watch.’
- ‘Farash lowered the sail and he and two other paddlers removed the cloth and stowed it under the forecastle, then fastened a newer and more elaborately decorated sail, pristine white, to the yardarm, and hoisted it aloft.’
- ‘Sailors of the ship Shtandart are silhouetted as they climb on its masts and yardarms during the city birthday celebrations.’
- ‘We looked at each other in some dismay, not alleviated when the ‘Not under Command’ signal went up at a yardarm.’
- ‘Also the backyard at midnight: shirts flying, frozen in the sleet, gray trees, the mast's prayer, crossbows loaded, yardarms humming in the darkness that empties shapes.’
- ‘The mutiny on the Bounty is the most famous of all mutinies at sea; and it was probably the most gentle, although three of the mutineers were eventually hanged from the yardarm of a Royal Navy ship in Portsmouth Harbour.’
- ‘A mariner's diary of 1675 refers to the ducking from the yardarm of men entering the Straits for the first time, or being required to pay one dollar in lieu - and ducking remains an integral part of the modern ceremony in the Royal Navy.’
- ‘It was said that an ordinary seaman on the Admiral's flagship publicly disagreed with this conclusion and was promptly hanged from the yardarm for his insubordination.’
- ‘Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Russio & Elliot put themselves out on the yardarm and delivered post-retro fireworks that all the world could see… twice.’
- ‘A flagpole with a yardarm, which is styled after a ship's mast, displays more of Bill's flags; visible from the street, these bolts of color pay tribute to the town's seafaring history and a nearby Coast Guard station.’
- ‘Regular brisk summary hangings at the yardarms of the warships worked wonders.’
- ‘If I din't not believe in mutiny I'd have you hung off the yardarm for it,’
- ‘Budd innocently exalts, even as he is shanghaied and set upon a path that leads to the yardarm.’
- ‘The captain of the brig listened attentively and when the words ended ordered the poor devil to be strung up on the yardarm according to British naval regulations concerning privateers.’
- ‘She carries the traditional Great Lakes fore-and-aft schooner rig with its distinctive triangular ‘raffee’ sail on a foremast yardarm.’
- ‘Avast, ye scurvy dogs, Kerry will swing from the highest yardarm!’
- ‘Far more frightening to him than dangling from an ice-glazed yardarm 150 feet over the Southern Ocean was being unable to choose his own destiny.’
the sun is over the yardarm
dated Used to refer to the time of day when it is permissible to begin drinking.
- ‘By the time I had managed to drag him out of Brenda's begonia bed and into the car, the sun was way over the yardarm and I had no reason not to open a brace of beers the moment we swerved out into the oncoming traffic.’
- ‘The argument can be made that there's no better time to take the full measure of a political player than over a plate of barely done eggs at 8 a.m. or after a belt or two when the sun has dipped below the yardarm.’
- ‘These attractions provide a suitable skyline for the short-stay traveller to decide when the watery sun is safely over the yardarm.’
- ‘Hey, the sun's past the yardarm in Delhi; it's 5: 30 pm there already.’
- ‘I rarely drink spirits in fact, and, leaving aside the occasional pint or glass of wine with lunch, I seldom touch a drop before the sun dips below the yardarm.’
- ‘Well the suns over the yardarm somewhere in the world!’
- ‘When the sun reaches over the yardarm in Pattaya on Sunday as locals sit back to stir their drinks with the little umbrellas, Las Vegas may have rearranged the order in boxing.’
- ‘Sun's over the yardarm and it's time for the rum ration.’
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