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Meaning of fore-and-after

fore-and-af•ter

Pronunciation: (fôr'und af'tur, äf'-, fōr'-), [key]
— n.
    1. a sailing vessel with a fore-and-aft rig.
    2. a beam running fore and aft across a hatchway to support hatch covers laid athwart the hatchway.
    3. a vessel having a sharp stern; a double ender.
  1. deerstalker (def. 2).
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