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See also: after-guard



From after- +‎ guard


afterguard (plural afterguards)

  1. (historical, nautical) The seaman or seamen stationed on the poop or after part of a ship, to attend the after-sails.
    • 1889, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Master of Ballantrae, Cassell, Chapter IX, [1]
      There were times when the whole crew refused their duty; and we of the afterguard were twice got under arms—being the first time that ever I bore weapons—in the fear of mutiny.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 12, [2]
      Yet from something in the outline and carriage, Billy took him to be, and correctly, one of the afterguard.
  2. (sailing) The members of a yacht's crew who attend to the aft sails
    • 2007 July 3, Christopher Clarey, “A Familiar Foe Blocks New Zealand’s Path”, in New York Times[3]:
      This is his sixth Cup campaign but his first as skipper, a position he inherited after the helmsman Russell Coutts, Butterworth’s longtime alter ego in the afterguard, bolted from Alinghi in 2004.
  3. A drudge; somebody tasked with menial work.

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