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.
On the starboard beam.
A distant point out at sea on the right-hand side, and at right
angles to the keel. On the port beam. A similar point on the
On the weather beam.
On that side of a ship which faces the wind.
(of a stag). That part of the head from which the horns
spring. (Anglo-Saxon béam, a tree; the horns are called
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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