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breakwater, noun

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Often with initial capital.
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historical
The breakwater: The former Breakwater Convict Station (Cape Town), established in 1860 for long-term prisoners with hard labour. Also attributive, and used allusively with reference to a sentence with hard labour, often in the phrase on the breakwater.
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The prison was situated at the docks, and prisoners worked on the construction of the breakwater.
1866 Cape Town Dir. p.xiiiBondfield, Patrick. Overseer, Breakwater, 17 Napier Street. Bowlan, John. Constable (Breakwater).
1983 J.A. Brown White Locusts 51From the deck of the docked American it was possible to see the breakwater convicts labouring.
The former Breakwater Convict Station (Cape Town), established in 1860 for long-term prisoners with hard labour. Also attributive, and used allusively with reference to a sentence with hard labour, often in the phrase on the breakwater.

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