[Ads-l] "Bone in her teeth"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Oct 20 12:56:29 UTC 2014

Also 1823. A Universal Technical Dictionary... v. 1, p. not numbered
George Crabb - 1823  
"To carry a bone," is said of a ship that makes the water foam before her. 

From: American Dialect Society  on behalf of Dan Goncharoff 
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 3:34 PM

Subject: [ADS-L] "Bone in her teeth"

At the maritime nonprofit where I help out, this phrase, referring to boat
moving swiftly, generating a 'bone' of foam at her bow, and looking like a
dog carrying a bone in its mouth.

The earliest I can find is The Atlantic Magazine from September 1824:

"...the fastenings of the boat were unloosed by some "polissons" on the
wharf; up went the sails, and off sailed the boat, proudly dashing the
foaming waters on either side of her bow, or in the more expressive
language of her crew, "carrying a white bone in her teeth."

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