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 Hawkubites (3 syl.).Hawthorn, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hawse-hole.
 
He has crept through the hawse-hole, or He has come in at the hawse-hole. That is, he entered the service in the lowest grade; he rose from the ranks. A naval phrase. The hawse-hole of a ship is that through which the cable of the anchor runs.   1
 


 Hawkubites (3 syl.).Hawthorn, 

 
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