Saturday, 17 March 2012

Entry: stevedore (n.)

In context: "Squeeze the tennis ball rhythmically month after year until you feel it no more than your heart squeezing blood and your right forearm is three times the size of your left and your arm looks from across the court like a gorilla's arm or a stevedore's arm pasted on the body of a child."

Definition: A workman employed either as overseer or labourer in loading and unloading the cargoes of merchant vessels.

Other: Also a stowdore, which is a clearer indication of the word's meaning.

SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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