Up and downer

What does "Up and downer" mean?

Today it means: Argument, row, disagreement or fight.

This again refers to the early days of steam where there would be engineers and stokers "down" below and sailors "up" on deck and in the rigging. Sailors regarded using an engine as cheating (some still do today) and so many arguments broke out between the "old" (up) and the "new" (down) with the result was a right old "up and downer".

See also: Under your own steam   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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