(A). A Government fighting-ship. The term is not now
or, Portuguese man-of-war.
“Frank went to the captain and told him that Tom had given him leave
to have the
man-of-war if he could get it.” —Goulding: Adventures of the
Young Marooners, 17.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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