Aboard

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.

To go aboard

is to embark, to go on the board or deck.

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.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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