also swab·by  (swŏb′ē)
n. pl. swab·bies Slang
A sailor.

[swab + -y.]
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A conniving swabbie with obvious knowledge of Kennedy's background tries to convince the officer to take him along on an easy stateside assignment.
I'm a CCW holder, former military (just a swabbie, not some high speed low drag black ops guy), former Armored car guard, shooter, sometimes-martial artist and amateur sheepdog.
The entire command, from the skipper all the way down to the newest swabbie, needs constant reminders about staying aware of the potential hazards in everyday activities.
Torres Tommy Roberts Joe Sikora Elena Torres Stephanie Santos Bertha Villareal Sandra Marquez Rudy Renya Lakin Valdez Lupe Reyna Shana Montanez Swabbie Seth Hoff Manchuka Mary Ann de la Cruz Rafas Joel Maisonet Ragman Salvatore Ingurgio Zooter Parrish Collier Guera Ariane Dolan Hoba Kristin Pichaske Little Blue Chavva Ariel Smith Sergeant Smith Thomas Vincent Kelly Lieutenant Edwards Neil Friedman Press Steve Pickering Dolores Reyna Carole Gutierrez Enrique Reyna Gustavo Mellado Alice Bloomfield Amy Landecker George Shearer Kevin Gudahl With: Keely Vasquez, Robyn Payne, Kate Strobehn.
The third example is the triumph of the champion grape stomper (now also the champion grape swabbie), bewhiskered Brian Fitzpatrick, Gold Country winemaker and boniface of a bed-and-breakfast lodge and winery.
The crew was astonished to find its new commander wearing only shorts, scraping paint and working on the hull in the stifling tropical heat like any enlisted swabbie. His accessibility and hard work solidified his command.
There is danger, of course- unpredictable nature, lurking water hazards, quickly rising human squalls but the initial difficulty is language: can they become fluent in the argot of harbormasters, helmsmen, navigators, and the various deck hands, skippers, and swabbies? The language of river people is gloriously colorful and idiosyncratic, and Watson has a gift for capturing it.
A working-class kid who put himself through college and took his commission after Officer Candidate School, he had a natural affinity to swabbies and noncoms, sharing their disdain for pretentiousness.
As a Seaman 2nd Class I was at the bottom of the heap, along with millions of other swabbies. I had entered a different world, one where we were daily drilled into exhaustion by no-nonsense Marine drill sergeants, where we underwent various physical and medical tests, including "short arm inspections" (don't ask), watched horrendous films on venereal disease and ate Navy chow, which we uniformly criticized but was actually pretty good.
But he would invest in the navy (swabbies rejoice!), bringing the Joint Supply Ship program to a Canadian shipyard near you.
"Listen," says Thomas, "if he'd cut my mother's throat five minutes ago, I wouldn't let those swabbies get their mitts on him." Then he grumbles: "What a break!
The conversion was carried out under contract by Winchester to provide swabbies with a way to conduct marksmanship training on board ship.