widow's walk

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A roof-top walkway or balcony associated with the homes of early sea captains from which the wife could see far out to sea and hope to catch a glimpse of her returning husband's ship...or not. Sailing in wooden ships and/or whaling was a hazardous business.
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Each day she paced back and forth on the widow's walk, her eyes scanning the distant horizon.

Submitted on September 24, 2019

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