- (of a male)to urinatePunning on the military order in which the rifle bolt is moved rapidly up and down the breech, which has a tenuous similarity to the stroking of the penis to prevent a drip of urine. Jolly (1988) suggests that a sailor who excuses himself from company in order to urinate may pretend to be seeing to the springs, or mooring lines, of a ship, which may need easing according to current or tide.
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