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 Dead Pan (The).Dead Ropes. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dead Reckoning.
A calculation of the ship’s place without any observation of the heavenly bodies. A guess made by consulting the log, the time, the direction, the wind, and so on. Such a calculation may suffice for many practical purposes, but must not be fully relied on.   1

 Dead Pan (The).Dead Ropes. 

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