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 Tariff.Tarpe’ian Rock. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tarpaulins or Tars.
 
Sailors, more frequently called Jack Tars. Tarpaulins are tarred cloths used commonly on board ship to keep articles from the sea-spray, etc.   1
        The more correct spelling is tar-palling, from pall. Latin pallium, a cloak or cloth.
 


 Tariff.Tarpe’ian Rock. 

 
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