catch the boat up
- Britishto have contracted venereal diseaseNaval usage. Jolly (1988) suggests a derivation from the days of pressing, when seamen were not allowed ashore for fear that they would desert. A sick boat would circulate among the fleet and take patients, with or without venereal disease, to a naval hospital ashore.On discharge from hospital, the sailor would be required to rejoin his ship wherever it was.
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