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
Etymology: Dutch, tree, beam; akin to Old High German boum tree -- more at BEAM
1 : a long spar used to extend the foot of a sail