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 Lubber (A).Lubberkin or Lu’brican. (Irish, Lobaircin or Lep’rechaun.) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lubber’s Hole.
 
A lazy cowardly way of doing what is appointed, or of evading duty. A seaman’s expression. Sailors call the vacant space between the head of a lower-mast and the edge of the top, the lubber’s hole, because timid boys get through this space to the top, to avoid the danger and difficulties of the “futtock shrouds.”   1
 


 Lubber (A).Lubberkin or Lu’brican. (Irish, Lobaircin or Lep’rechaun.) 

 
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