It designates the dark, glutinous substance which is scraped off the back
of the Greenland or right whale, and much of which covers the decks of those inferior souls who hunt that ignoble Leviathan.
And the windows are so small I can only see pieces of things, and I've 'most broken my neck stretching round to find out whether my trunk has fallen off the back
The packs were scarcely off the backs
of the mules, when the runners, mounted on the fleetest horses, were full tilt after the buffalo.
The scout now told the sisters to dismount; and taking the bridles from the mouths, and the saddles off the backs
of the jaded beasts, he turned them loose, to glean a scanty subsistence among the shrubs and meager herbage of that elevated region.
But the Sky Blues go into the fixture off the back
of two consecutive league defeats, to Newport County and Yeovil respectively, and morale is low having failed to score in either game.
He said: "We're coming off the back
of two defeats.
Fresh off the back
of victory at the recent Cheshire County Championships, the Liverpool Harrier finished in an excellent 15th position in the strong international field which Burundi's Aweke Ayalew finished at the head of.
Despite his experience, Botha is coming into this latest fight off the back
of six consecutive defeats.
I have to start playing better off the back
A MATTRESS fell off the back
of a lorry on the A55 - blocking one lane and causing delays in the middle of the morning rush hour.
They never properly recovered from losing their first game to Hampshire at The Rose Bowl, a fixture into which they went straight off the back
of a championship game.
Police in Sweden believe a dead camel found on a motorway fell off the back
of a lorry.