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The ends of a ship's beams.
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1. (Nautical Terms) the ends of a vessel's beams
2. (Nautical Terms) on her beam-ends (of a vessel) heeled over through an angle of 90°
3. on one's beam-ends
a. out of resources; destitute
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the ends of the transverse deck beams of a ship.Idioms:
1. on her beam-ends, (of a ship) heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical.
2. on one's or the beam-ends, Slang. in desperate straits.
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|Noun||1.||beam-ends - (nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel; "on her beam-ends" means heeled over on the side so that the deck is almost vertical|
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beam-ends[ˌbiːmˈendz] NPL (Naut) → cabezas fpl de los baos (de un buque)
she was on her beam-ends (Naut) → el buque escoraba peligrosamente
they are on their beam-ends → están en un grave aprieto, no tienen donde caerse muertos
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