SE in slang uses
see under brown bess n.
to enlist in the Royal Marines.
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|[||Dict. of Phrase and Fable 847/2: Mistress Roper. The Marines, or any one of them; so called by regular sailors, because they handle ropes like girls, not being used to them].|
to marry a termagant.
|[||Wonderful History and Surprising Prophecies of Mother Shipton 12: There are some Men that would not only: marry the Devil’s Daughter, but his Dam too for Money].|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: It is said of one who has a termagant of a wife, that he has married the Devil’s Daughter, & Lives with the Old Folks.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Thoughts on the Greek Revolution 92: Our nearest approach to [this insult] is the vulgar but eloquent imprecation, ‘May you marry the devil's daughter, and may the old tolks come and live with you’.|
|United Service Mag. Oct. 191: Why, I’d marry the Devil's daughter and live with the ould people first.|
|Jests 86: A woman quarrelling with her husband, told him she believed if she died he would marry the devil’s daughter. The tender husband replied, ‘The law does not allow a man to marry two sisters’.|
|Eclectic Rev. Mar. 231: When some rumour of marriage had gone about, he broke out decidedly at once, ‘Sir, sir, marry Miss — , sir! I would as soon marry the devil’s daughter, and go home and live with the old folks’.|
to whip someone.
|Walloons in Posthumous Dramatic Works (1813) I 88: Why, I’d marry him to the gunner’s daughter, as they call it, warm his hide with a round dozen or two.|
|letter 2 Jan. in Life, Letters (1839) 491/2: As mine acquaintance, the late Captain Whitby, of the navy, used to say to his seamen (when ‘married to the gunner’s daughter’) — ‘two dozen and let you off easy.’ The ‘two dozen’ were with the cat-o’-nine-tails.|
|Marine Officer 134: ‘Come, sir, no slang, or I’ll marry you to the gunner’s daughter. Send a boatswain’s mate aft with the cat.’ I afterwards discovered that the captain meant he would seize him up to a gun, and flog him, which on board ship, is delicately and facetiously called being married to the gunner’s daughter.|
|Rambler Mar. 204: You are tied to one of the guns, — a process known in the Navy as a marriage with the gunner's daughter, — and you receive a certain number of blows with one of the aforementioned implements.|
|Jack Adams, the Mutineer 15: His father went round the fleet for stealing tobacco, and was married to the gunner’s daughter, before he was fourteen, for being drunk.|
|Ride through the Disturbed Districts of N.Z. 341: ‘Jones the white horse-gelder,’ has lately ‘married the gunner’s daughter.’ This last warning (for his shoulders showed marks of a previous flagellation) induced him to transfer his talents elsewhere.|
|Reefer & Rifleman 271: Confound his impudence; I’d like to marry him to the ‘gunner’s daughter,’ as we say at sea!|
|On Many Seas 228: So poor old Louis’s shirt came off with a jerk, and he was married hard and fast to the gunner’s daughter.(H.E. Hamblen)|
|Scarlet City 63: He ought to be married to the gunner’s daughter.|
|Yarn of Bucko Mate 224: Then, for fear they might not have comprehended the gravity of their offence, we married them to the gunner’s daughter, the old fifty-six impersonating the damsel, and gave them a rattling four-dozen each.|
to make a mess of things.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 173/2: Married the widow (French – known in England, 19 cent.). Made a mess of things. Derived from a man going to the guillotine, which makes widows, while the idea of marriage is suggested by the momentary association with the guillotine, which is called in French slang ‘the widow’.|