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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Navy
man-of-warˌman-of-ˈwar (also man-o'-war) /ˌmæn ə ˈwɔː $ -ˈwɔːr/ noun (plural men-of-war) [countable]  PMNa ship with guns that was used in the past in sea battles
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man-of-warOur cog was a sturdy merchantman escorted by a small man-of-war.
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