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 for Under bare poles
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bare \Bare\ (b[^a]r), a. [OE. bar, bare, AS. b[ae]r; akin to D.
     & G. baar, OHG. par, Icel. berr, Sw. & Dan. bar, Oslav.
     bos[u^] barefoot, Lith. basas; cf. Skr. bh[=a]s to shine.
     [root]85.]
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     1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual
        covering; naked; as, his body is bare; the trees are bare.
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     2. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
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              When once thy foot enters the church, be bare.
                                                    --Herbert.
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     3. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or
        actions; open to view; exposed.
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              Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear !
                                                    --Milton.
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     4. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager.
        "Uttering bare truth." --Shak.
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     5. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily
        furnished; -- used with of (rarely with in) before the
        thing wanting or taken away; as, a room bare of furniture.
        "A bare treasury." --Dryden.
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     6. Threadbare; much worn.
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              It appears by their bare liveries that they live by
              your bare words.                      --Shak.
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     7. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else; as, a bare
        majority. "The bare necessaries of life." --Addison.
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              Nor are men prevailed upon by bare words. --South.
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     Under bare poles (Naut.), having no sail set.
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