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collateral
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Moby Dick
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  • Inferable from these statements, are many collateral subtile matters touching the chase of whales.
  • Though, consumed with the hot fire of his purpose, Ahab in all his thoughts and actions ever had in view the ultimate capture of Moby Dick; though he seemed ready to sacrifice all mortal interests to that one passion; nevertheless it may have been that he was by nature and long habituation far too wedded to a fiery whaleman’s ways, altogether to abandon the collateral prosecution of the voyage.

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  • Like all sea-going ship carpenters, and more especially those belonging to whaling vessels, he was, to a certain off-handed, practical extent, alike experienced in numerous trades and callings collateral to his own; the carpenter’s pursuit being the ancient and outbranching trunk of all those numerous handicrafts which more or less have to do with wood as an auxiliary material.

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as in: collateral for a loan Define
something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan
as in: collateral evidence Define
accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
as in: collateral damage in the battle Define
unintentional damage to life or property -- usually as a result of an act of war
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