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 Dead Wind (A).Dead Works, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dead Wood,
 
in shipbuilding. Blocks of timber laid on the ship’s keel. This is no part of the ship, but it serves to make the keel more rigid.   1
 


 Dead Wind (A).Dead Works, 

 
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