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seagulling (uncountable)

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand_, rugby slang) The practice, in Rugby Union, of forwards running in the back line rather than concentrating on their primary positional duties in open play (see rugby union positions).
    • 2002 25 May, Greig Blanchett, “Re: So. To The ABs”,, Usenet:
      As long as he can stay away from the seagulling in the tight games.
    • 2009, Steve Hepburn, "Rugby: Oval ball gazing for 2011 World Cup", Otago Daily Times, 28 December 2009:
      Jack has to cut out the seagulling and get in and do the dirty work.
    • 2011 29 August, lord shineything [username], “Re: AB Players”,, Usenet:
      And while Williams cut down the seagulling, he still wasn't hitting the breakdown with any vigour.
  2. (boating slang) The practice of using a British Seagull outboard.
    I'm going take the boat out and do some seagulling.
    • 2000 6 July, Miniature Embroideries [username], “Re: Ancient Seagull”, uk.rec.sailing, Usenet:
      Happy Seagulling.
    • 2011, Martine Purssell, "News From Bermuda - 2011 R. I. S. R", The Gull, September 2011:
      The Seagull and Heineken gods were with us — what a wonderful day weather wise — an ideal Seagulling race day — winds were light — and crossing the harbour to Sandys Boat Club at 7.15am the water was glassy.
    • 2012, "Camden Sutherland's 'Waikato Bullet Boat'", The Gull, March 2012:
      It isn't often young people get involved in Seagulling, never mind build their own boat to do so.
  3. (chiefly New Zealand) The practice of working as a non-union casual stevedore.
    • 1995, Bryan Gould, Goodbye to All That, Macmillan (1995), ISBN 0-333-63800X, page 22:
      Sometimes I went down to the Wellington wharves for what was called 'seagulling', where I joined a crowd of other men just before 8 a.m., hoping to be given the nod for a day's work.
    • 1997, Phillip Knightley, A Hack's Progress, J. Cape (1997), ISBN 9780224043991, page 25:
      After two months there was a lull on the waterfront, seagulling declined, and I had to seek another job. By this time my hands were hard and I actually looked like a labourer, so the New Zealand Posts and Telegraph department took me on as a linesman.
    • 2001, Archie Green, Torching the Fink Books and Other Essays on Vernacular Culture, University of North Carolina Press (2001), ISBN 9780807826058, page 180:
      As a young shipwright, I heard old timers warn me against seagulling or bypassing the union hall while seeking work.



  1. Present participle of seagull.