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 Boar’s Head. [The Christmas dish.]Board. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A council which sits at a board or table; as “Board of Directors,” “Board of Guardians,” “School Board,” “Board of Trade,” etc. (Anglo-Saxon, bord, a board, table, etc.)   1
   To sweep the board. To win and carry off all the stakes in a game of cards.   2
   2. Board, in sea phrases, is all that space of the sea which a ship passes over in tacking.   3
   On board. In the ship. “To go on board,” to enter the ship or other sea vessel.   4
   Overboard. Fallen out of the ship into the sea.   5
   To board a ship is to get on board an enemy’s vessel.   6
   To make a good board. To make a good or long tack in beating to windward.   7
   To make a short board. To make a short tack. “To make short boards,” to tack frequently.   8
   To make a stern board. To sail stern, foremost.   9
   To run aboard of. To run foul of [another ship].   10
   3. To board. To feed and lodge together, is taken from the custom of the university members, etc., dining together at a common table or board.   11

 Boar’s Head. [The Christmas dish.]Board. 


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