deadlight

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deadlight (plural deadlights)

  1. (nautical) A strong shutter fitted over a porthole etc. that can be closed in bad weather.
  2. (figuratively) Eyelid.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.