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Skains-mate (originally == brother in arms, from skean or skein == sword, dagger; cf. the German Spiessgeselle) a messmate, companion: “I am none of his flirt-gills, I am none of his --s,” Rom. II, 4, 162 (the nurse's speech. According to Staunton, skain is a Kentish provincialism for scape-grace).
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