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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Shot in the Locker.
I haven’t a shot in the locker—a penny in my pocket or in my purse. If a sailor says there is not a shot in the locker, he means the ship is wholly without ammunition, powder and shot have all been expended.   1

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