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21:50 Jul 24, 2001
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: close cabin
"The skipper is down in his close cabin."

Note it's not a "closeD cabin" - wonder if it's just a typo error or not?
Ramona Ali
Local time: 22:23
English translation:Close cabin
Explanation:
No, it's not a typo. "Close cabin" exists as such and means a protected, interior cabin on board a ship/boat. Here are some examples:

1. fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pile of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ’prentice boy on deck.

Charles Dickens: "Bleak House"

2. To any person who suffers much from sea-sickness a voyage may truly be designated the very climax of misery – the confinement & want of exercise are bad enough – to be .............. up for hours together & during so long a period in a close cabin with no option but that of endeavouring (with me the attempt is vain) to walk the deck where your feet get entangled with ropes and your hair with sails and spars & the reeling & heaving of the vessel make you stagger to & fro like a drunken man
http://www.users.bigpond.com/narrabeen/feltonmathew/voyageto...

3. Spending over a week in close cabin quarters, Jen gets a true sense of crew camaraderie, despite being assigned some of the most unpleasant tasks on board.

http://www.abc.net.au/race/racers/jennifer/stories.htm
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Daphne b
Sweden
Local time: 15:23
Grading comment
Thanks Daphne, for the long explanation. And yes, this is indeed from Bleak House.
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Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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3 hrs
Close cabin


Explanation:
No, it's not a typo. "Close cabin" exists as such and means a protected, interior cabin on board a ship/boat. Here are some examples:

1. fog in the stem and bowl of the afternoon pile of the wrathful skipper, down in his close cabin; fog cruelly pinching the toes and fingers of his shivering little ’prentice boy on deck.

Charles Dickens: "Bleak House"

2. To any person who suffers much from sea-sickness a voyage may truly be designated the very climax of misery – the confinement & want of exercise are bad enough – to be .............. up for hours together & during so long a period in a close cabin with no option but that of endeavouring (with me the attempt is vain) to walk the deck where your feet get entangled with ropes and your hair with sails and spars & the reeling & heaving of the vessel make you stagger to & fro like a drunken man
http://www.users.bigpond.com/narrabeen/feltonmathew/voyageto...

3. Spending over a week in close cabin quarters, Jen gets a true sense of crew camaraderie, despite being assigned some of the most unpleasant tasks on board.

http://www.abc.net.au/race/racers/jennifer/stories.htm


    As above
Daphne b
Sweden
Local time: 15:23
Native speaker of: Native in GreekGreek
PRO pts in pair: 13
Grading comment
Thanks Daphne, for the long explanation. And yes, this is indeed from Bleak House.
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13 days
close cabin


Explanation:
Yes, I agree with Daphne of course, but would differ slightly on meaning. To me, "close cabin" essentially means that there is little space, ie 'at close quarters', a confined space with not much room for movement. Slightly different from protected.

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 15:23
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 26
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