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subsist
used in Moby Dick

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to survive — especially without being able to manage comforts or luxuries
  • ...famous fishery, each mate or headsman, like a Gothic Knight of old, is always accompanied by his boat-steerer or harpooneer, who in certain conjunctures provides him with a fresh lance, when the former one has been badly twisted, or elbowed in the assault; and moreover, as there generally subsists between the two, a close intimacy and friendliness; it is therefore but meet, that in this place we set down who the Pequod's harpooneers were, and to what headsman each of them belonged.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (75% in)

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