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Fore-and-Aft

Lengthwise, in opposition to “athwart-ships” (or across the line of the keel). (Dana: Seaman's Manual, p. 96.)

“A slight spar-deck fore-and-aft.” —Sir W. Raleigh.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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