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「今夜はおまえらの内、６人に板を歩いてもらおうか。 - James Matthew Barrie『ピーターパンとウェンディ』
「あなたには、コドモ達が板を歩くのを見てもらうことになるかな」 - James Matthew Barrie『ピーターパンとウェンディ』
男の子達には板の上を歩かせて、ウェンディがわしらの母親といった具合だ」 - James Matthew Barrie『ピーターパンとウェンディ』
ピーターはもう永遠にフックを邪魔することはないし、他の男の子達は全員船に囚われの身で、後はただ板を歩いてもらうばかりです。 - James Matthew Barrie『ピーターパンとウェンディ』
walk the plank
- (historical, also figurative) On an early naval vessel or pirate ship: to be forced to walk off the end of a gangplank (a plank of wood extending outwards from the side of the vessel) and plunge into the ocean and drown, used as a method of killing.
- [1788, [Francis Grose], “Walking the Plank”, in A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 2nd edition, London: […] S. Hooper, […], OCLC 1179630700:
- 1835, chapter XI, in Blackbeard. A Page from the Colonial History of Philadelphia. […], volume II, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 191238339, page 137:
- 1868, Louisa M[ay] Alcott, “Camp Laurence”, in Little Women: Or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, part first, Boston, Mass.: Roberts Brothers, published 1869, OCLC 30743985, page 188:
- 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Fall of a Chieftain”, in Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134, part VI (Captain Silver), page 283:
- 1889, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Master’s Wanderings”, in The Master of Ballantrae. […], London; Paris: Cassell & Company, […], OCLC 1167602436, page 56:
- 1911, J[ames] M[atthew] Barrie, “The Pirate Ship”, in Peter and Wendy, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 1036598118, page 212:
- [1915?], Daniel O’Connor, “The Pirate Ship”, in The Story of Peter Pan: Retold from the Fairy Play by Sir J. M. Barrie, Toronto, Ont.: The Musson Book Company, OCLC 70481284, page 66:
- 1923 January 5, Ralph D[elahaye] Paine, “Doubloons”, in Sea Stories Magazine, volume III, number 5, New York, N.Y.: Street & Smith, OCLC 21026026, chapter VII, page 36, column 1:
- "Forward march!" commanded Dan. "Give me a lift, Max. His knees have begun to sag, the big kettle of mush! We'll throw him into the dory." / "Aye, aye, admiral. Do we tie a weight to his feet, or does he walk the plank?" / "He would look ornamental hanged at the yardarm, Max. Let's get him aboard the sloop first. Then we shall have to sail out of the bay with what wind there is and find another anchorage. We want no interference while we are prying the truth out of this festive beach comber."
- 1953, Patrick Pringle, “On the Account”, in Jolly Roger: The Story of the Great Age of Piracy, Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, published 2012, →ISBN:
- It has often been written that pirates commonly killed their prisoners, usually by the picturesque method of making them ‘walk the plank.’ This is untrue. I have ransacked official records, reports of trials, and much other documentary evidence without being able to discover a single case of walking the plank. I do not mean merely that I have not found an authenticated case. In all the contemporary literature on pirates I could not find even an accusation or suggestion that the practice was ever used. The very expression seems to have been invented many years after the Age of Piracy.
- 2015 April, Peter Filichia, “The Musicals”, in The Great Parade: Broadway’s Astonishing, Never-to-be-forgotten 1963–64 Season, New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press, →ISBN, page 58:
- (idiomatic) To be forced to resign from a position in an organization.
- 1910, Ben[jamin] B[arr] Lindsey; Harvey J[errold] O’Higgins, “The Beast in the County Court”, in The Beast, New York, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, OCLC 643615302, page 77:
- I forgot that I had been given the place as a "political reward." I was immediately reminded of it by the expectations of those political "workers" whom the Board of County Commissioners wished me to appoint to officers in my court. [...] When I refused to make a single clerk "walk the plank," their indignation was amazing.
- 1964, William A. Keleher, “Judge Vincent and Grover Cleveland”, in Maxwell Land Grant: A New Mexico Item, 2nd edition, Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, published 1983, →ISBN, page 137:
- 1985, Richard S. Sloma, “Section I: What is a Turnaround?”, in The Turnaround Manager’s Handbook, Washington, D.C.: BeardBooks, published 1999, →ISBN, page 12:
- If, on the other hand, operating performance is poor to lousy, the COO [chief operating officer] walks the plank while the CEO [chief executive officer] accepts the resignation—which, by the way, is always for "personal" reasons, policy differences, or to pursue other (always unspecified) interests—with regret in varying degrees of intensity.
- 2009, Taylor Branch, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President, New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, →ISBN:
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