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ballast
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  • Rain was drizzling down on the cold streets and, when they reached the Ballast Office, Farrington suggested the Scotch House.
  • As it passed Ballast Office the clock showed half-past nine.

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  • Without ballast, the ship will roll too much.
  • ...she looked at the marked passages [of the manuscript] and was surprised to find that all the moral reflections—which she had carefully put in as ballast for much romance—had been stricken out.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women

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