THE SUN IS OVER THE YARDARM (OR FORE YARD)
Naval officers' expression meaning "It is time for a drink", it is bad form to
have a drink on board before sun is over the yard arm, i.e. approaching noon.
The last word of this phrase is more correctly FOREYARD that YARDARM.
YARD ARM CLEARING
To clear one's yard, or yard arm, is to clear oneself of blame, either before or
after an incident has occurred. Thus an order which puts responsibility on
someone else is known as a YARD ARM CLEARER.
TO YARN, or TO SPIN A YARD
Naval expression meaning to tell a tale. The expression originates from the day
when rope was made and re-made on board ship; men repairing the rope-yarns could
do this and chat at the same time (and did).
(THE) YOUNG DOG
The universal wardroom sobriquet for the junior medical officer when more than
one is borne on board. He is often familiarly known also as The Poisoner.
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