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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GUNBOAT

Their gunboat Marmaris was sunk, and the transport Masul captured.

She witnessed the first embarkation in a gunboat at Sheerness.

It was a swordfish and he resembled a gunboat with purple outriggers.

The 'Langford' knocked out the gunboat 'Smith' in three rounds.

At a signal from the brig, made by waving a flag on the forecastle, the gunboat was stopped.

He holds also the gunboat that we saw pass but a short time ago.

I think the place was called the "Gunboat," and he was there declared to be the champion.

We couldn't turn out, for here was the main shore and there was the gunboat.

I will go aboard that gunboat and find out what they want here.

He's terribly surprised at the sight of the gunboat—terribly.

WORD ORIGIN

1793, from gun + boat. Gunboat diplomacy is from 1916, originally with reference to Western policies in China.

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