beam-ends


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(nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel

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And, halfway to the crosstrees and flattened against the rigging by the full force of the wind so that it would have been impossible for me to have fallen, the Ghost almost on her beam-ends and the masts parallel with the water, I looked, not down, but at almost right angles from the perpendicular, to the deck of the Ghost.
But on our beam-ends we are; we would do a good deal for a thousand pounds apiece, eh, Bunny?