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 Able-bodied Seaman.Aboll’a. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
He fell aboard of me—met me; abused me. A ship is said to fall aboard another when, being in motion, it runs against the other.   1
   To go aboard is to embark, to go on the board or deck.   2
   Aboard main tack is to draw one of the lower corners of the main-sail down to the chess-tree. Figuratively, it means “to keep to the point.”   3

 Able-bodied Seaman.Aboll’a. 


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