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moonraker

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Pronunciation: /ˈmuːnreɪkə
 
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Definition of moonraker in English:

noun

1 dialect A native of the county of Wiltshire.
[with reference to the Wiltshire story of men caught raking a pond for kegs of smuggled brandy, who feigned madness to fool the revenue men, by saying they were raking out the moon]
Example sentences
  • The legend of the Wiltshire moonrakers is well known.
  • If you're born and bred in the county, you can rightfully claim to be a 'Moonraker'.
2A small square sail set above a skysail on a sailing ship.
Example sentences
  • Any sail unfurled that is higher than the 3rd layer is technically a moonraker.

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