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tabnab (plural tabnabs)

  1. (slang, Britain, Navy) A small item of food offered at break times, normally the morning break.
    • 1928 Malcolm Lowry, The Collected Poetry of Malcolm Lowry, "The Cook In The Gallery", UBC Press, 1992, p.39:
      He comes outside when weather's fine / To hang his singlets on the line, / And then returns - he needs no bell - / The scouse, or Sunday's duff to share; / The stokers tabnabs need his care; / The sea sounds far away in there, / Ssssssssh, like the hush in a conch-shell.