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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 16th December 2018
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stevedore (verb and noun) STEEV-uh-dor

To load/unload ships, one who loads/unloads ships.

The libel alleges that on the 27th of October, 1884, the libelant was lawfully on board of that vessel, being employed to load coal upon her by the stevedore who had the contract for loading the coal; that, on that day, the libelant, while on the vessel, fell from her bridge to the deck, through the negligence of those in charge of her in having removed from the bridge the ladder usually leading therefrom to the deck, and in leaving open, and failling to guard, the aperture thus left in the rail on the bridge; that the libelant was not guilty of negligence; and that he was injured by the fall, and incapacitated from labor.

U.S. Supreme Court, MAX MORRIS, THE v. CURRY, 137 U.S. 1 (1890), 7 November 1890. US Supreme Court

The body behind them waxed and waned, sometimes stout as a stevedore's and sometimes almost waif-like, matching the little-girl voice; but the Breasts remained.

Unattributed, The Economist, 15 February 2007. The Economist

He was just as inclined to dress like a stevedore who might have calluses on his calluses as he was to step out resembling a doyenne in Oriental robes and shawls.

Horacio Silva, The New York Times, 18 September 2005. New York Times

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