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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rock ahead (A).
A sea-phrase, meaning that a rock is in the path of the ship, which the helmsman must steer clear of; a danger threatens; an opponent; an obstruction.   1
        “That yonker … has been a rock ahead to me all my life.”—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering, chap. liv.

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