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Lower the boom

Posted by ESC on September 22, 2003

In Reply to: Lower the boom posted by Captain Kidd on September 22, 2003

: : What is the meaning of and where did the phrase to "lower the boom" originate?

: Shiver me timbers! Get yer bearings right first, scuttlebutt!

Guessing here. That it has to do with this type of "boom." From Merriam-Webster online:

Main Entry: 3boom
Function: noun
Etymology: Dutch, tree, beam; akin to Old High German boum tree -- more at BEAM
Date: 1627
1 : a long spar used to extend the foot of a sail