one hand for yourself and one for the ship
- A nautical proverb, also used in variant forms in similar contexts: see the explanation in quot. 1902.
1799 Port Folio (Philadelphia, 1812) VII. 130 Did I not tell you never to fill both hands at once. Always keep one hand for the owners, and one for yourself.
1822 J. F. COOPER Pilot I. vii. The maxim, which says, ‘one hand for the owner, and t’other for yourself,’..has saved many a hearty fellow from a fall that would have balanced the purser’s books.
1902 B. LUBBOCK Round Horn 58 The old rule on a yard is, ‘one hand for yourself and one for the ship,’ which means, hold on with one hand and work with the other.
1968 L. MORTON Long Wake i. I did not know then the old adage ‘one hand for oneself and one hand for the company.’
1993 B. CALLISON Crocodile Trapp (1994) x. 169 ‘Now you allus remember the seaman’s golden rule from now on, Mister Despytoff,’ Spew chastised gently. ‘One hand f’r the ship—or in your case, f’r the aeroplane, eh? heh, heh..an’ one hand f’r yerself.’
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