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
. It's my mother's trunk, and she's very choice of it."
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.
A 68-year-old female cruise ship visitor from the United States has died in Bermuda waters after she fell off the back
of a jet ski.
Hot off the back
of their latest single, People Know How To Love One Another, the rock legends have released tickets for an arena tour.
The match was probably only decided in a controversial end to the first half, where Hallam scored off the back
of what looked like a foul on Danny Stocker (right) and then had Gregg Porter sent off for two bookable offences.
"It is a unique prize and I was delighted to give the lucky winner Amanda my shirt on Saturday, though she might want to give it a wash before she wears it!" Shirt Off The Back
will be running at Sharks home games, featuring a different player each week and tickets can be purchased from the lottery table inside the rink.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON director of rugby Tom Greevy was glad to get "the monkey off the back
" after earning a first win of the season at the sixth attempt.
Celebrating David Bowie, which comes off the back
of the sell-out show at London's O2 Academy Brixton earlier this year, takes place at the London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, January 12 and the Manchester, 02 Ritz, January 13 before heading into Europe.
"A year of sorrows if you take your hand off the back
He said: "We're coming off the back
of two defeats.