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Abreast


ABREAST', adverb abrest', [from a and breast.]

1. Side by side; with the breasts in a line.

Two men rode abreast

2. In marine language, ships are abreast when their heads are equally advanced; and they are abreast of objects when the objects are on a line with the beam. - Hence,

Opposite; against; on a line with - as a ship was abreast of Montauk point - A seaman's phrase.