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wracking

[cf. OED wrecking idem, Bah. quot. 1804→] n. salvaging goods from a wrecked ship: 1788 Some call it "going a raking" from "to rake", searching for something with diligence and care; others "going a wracking" from "wrack" a foundered ship (Schoepf 282). (Gen.)

Tags: nautical, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-27 03:46
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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