plural noun

  1. Nautical. the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel.

  1. on her beam-ends, Nautical. heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical: The schooner was blown over on her beam-ends.
  2. on one’s/the beam-ends, Slang. in desperate straits, especially financial straits.Also on the beam’s ends.

pl n

  1. the ends of a vessel’s beams
  2. on her beam-ends (of a vessel) heeled over through an angle of 90°
  3. on one’s beam-ends
    1. out of resources; destitute
    2. desperate

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