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    merry chase? bounding main?

    "The charismatic character leading the merry chase over the bounding main is, of course, Captain Jack Sparrow, played for a fourth time by Johnny Depp. "

    What do "merry chase" and "bounding main" here mean? Thank you very much!

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    Re: merry chase? bounding main?

    They are from a sailor's song. Merry chase means happy travel or happy hunting, while bounding main means jumping or gyrating main-mast.

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    Re: merry chase? bounding main?

    The bounding main is the ocean.

    Main Entry: ocean
    Part of Speech: noun
    Definition: very large body of water
    Synonyms: Davy Jones's locker, Seven Seas, blue*, bounding main, brine, briny deep, briny, deep, drink*, high seas, main, pond, puddle, salt water, sea, seaway, sink, tide
    * = informal/non-formal usage
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    Konungursvia, please state that you are not a teacher.

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    Re: merry chase? bounding main?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The bounding main is the ocean.

    Konungursvia, please state that you are not a teacher.

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    I am a teacher, why would I state that I am not? And why would this be of interest to you?

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    Re: merry chase? bounding main?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The bounding main is the ocean.

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    Konungursvia, please state that you are not a teacher.

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    Konungursvia is a teacher, of long standing.

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    Re: merry chase? bounding main?

    I do admit however that I answered the question above quickly, and had been thinking of the poem "Stella" by Victor Hugo. It does of course refer to the ocean (bounding main) but at that moment I was thinking of masts and the like. Sorry if I made an error.

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    Re: merry chase? bounding main?

    Konungursvia is a teacher, of long standing.
    His public profile does not say so.

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    Re: merry chase? bounding main?

    Thank you guys...

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