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 Abim’elechAble-bodied Seaman. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Able.
 
An able seaman is a skilled seaman. Such a man is termed an A.B. (Able-Bodied); unskilled seamen are called “boys” without regard to age.   1
 


 Abim’elechAble-bodied Seaman. 

 
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