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Moby-Dick: Old hunks

Old hunks

  1. old miser
  2. grumpy old man
  3. old bully (slang)

The word old hunks appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 9 > Sentence 1:

What of it, if some old hunks of a sea-captain orders me to get a broom and sweep down the decks?

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 9 > Sentence 3:

Do you think the archangel Gabriel thinks anything the less of me, because I promptly and respectfully obey that old hunks in that particular instance?

Chapter 16 > Paragraph 45 > Sentence 1:

Now, Bildad, I am sorry to say, had the reputation of being an incorrigible old hunks, and in his sea-going days, a bitter, hard task-master.

Concordance for the word old hunks from Moby-Dick.

Herman Melville
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