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 for Hawse plug
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plug \Plug\, n. [Akin to D. plug, G. pflock, Dan. pl["o]k, plug,
     Sw. plugg; cf. W. ploc.]
     1. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop
        or fill a hole; a stopple.
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     2. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco. [U. S.]
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     3. A high, tapering silk hat. [Slang, U.S.]
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     4. A worthless horse. [Slang, U.S.]
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     5. (Building) A block of wood let into a wall, to afford a
        hold for nails.
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     6. An act of plugging[6]; a brief mention for the sake of
        publicity or advertisement, especially during a public
        event not specifically intended for advertising purposes;
        as, he put in a plug for his favorite charity.
     Breech plug (Gun.), in breech-loading guns, the metal plug
        or cylinder which closes the aperture in the breech,
        through which the gun is loaded.
     Fire plug, a street hydrant to which hose may be attached.
        [U. S.]
     Hawse plug (Naut.), a plug to stop a hawse hole.
     Plug and feather. (Stone Working) See Feather, n., 7.
     Plug centerbit, a centerbit ending in a small cylinder
        instead of a point, so as to follow and enlarge a hole
        previously made, or to form a counterbore around it.
     Plug rod (Steam Eng.), a rod attached to the beam for
        working the valves, as in the Cornish engine.
     Plug valve (Mech.), a tapering valve, which turns in a case
        like the plug of a faucet.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hawse \Hawse\ (h[add]z or h[add]s; 277), n. [Orig. a hawse hole,
     or hole in the bow of the ship; cf. Icel. hals, h[=a]ls,
     neck, part of the bows of a ship, AS. heals neck. See
     Collar, and cf. Halse to embrace.]
     1. A hawse hole. --Harris.
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     2. (Naut.)
        (a) The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored
            with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on
            the port bow.
        (b) The distance ahead to which the cables usually extend;
            as, the ship has a clear or open hawse, or a foul
            hawse; to anchor in our hawse, or athwart hawse.
        (c) That part of a vessel's bow in which are the hawse
            holes for the cables.
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     Athwart hawse. See under Athwart.
     Foul hawse, a hawse in which the cables cross each other,
        or are twisted together.
     Hawse block, a block used to stop up a hawse hole at sea;
        -- called also hawse plug.
     Hawse piece, one of the foremost timbers of a ship, through
        which the hawse hole is cut.
     Hawse plug. Same as Hawse block (above).
     To come in at the hawse holes, to enter the naval service
        at the lowest grade. [Cant]
     To freshen the hawse, to veer out a little more cable and
        bring the chafe and strain on another part.
        [1913 Webster] hawsehole

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