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 Beaker.Beam (of a stag). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Thrown on my beam-ends. Driven to my last shift. A ship is said to be on her beam-ends when she is laid by a heavy gale completely on her beams or sides. Not unfrequently the only means of righting her in such a case is to cut away her masts.   1
   On the starboard beam. A distant point out at sea on the right-hand side, and at right angles to the keel.   2
   On the port beam. A similar point on the left-hand side.   3
   On the weather beam. On that side of a ship which faces the wind.   4

 Beaker.Beam (of a stag). 


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