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arm-chest (plural arm-chests)

  1. (historical, nautical) A portable chest for storing weapons or tools on a ship.
    • 1724, Daniel Defoe, A General History of the Pyrates, London: T. Warner, Chapter 11, p. 265,[1]
      This Disappointment chagreen’d the Ship’s Company, who were very intent upon their Market; which was reported to be an Arm-Chest full of Gold, and kept with three Keys;
    • 1831, John Barrow, The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty, London: John Murray, Chapter 3, p. 87,[2]
      [] as soon as he had taken charge of the deck, he saw Mr. Hayward, the mate of his watch, lie down on the arm-chest to take a nap;
    • 1849, Herman Melville, Mardi, New York: Harper, Volume 1, Chapter 20, p. 79,[3]
      [] there being no line-and-sinker at hand, I sent Jarl to hunt them up in the arm-chest on the quarter-deck, where doubtless they must be kept.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, London: Chapman and Hall, Chapter 2, p. 4,[4]
      [] he stood on his own particular perch behind the mail, beating his feet, and keeping an eye and a hand on the arm-chest before him, where a loaded blunderbuss lay at the top of six or eight loaded horse-pistols, deposited on a substratum of cutlass.