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Was I not AB? Perhaps I was! (9)


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'i was' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this defines the answer.

'was i not ab? perhaps' is the wordplay.
'perhaps' indicates anagramming the letters.
'wasinotab' is an anagram of 'BOATSWAIN'.

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(Other definitions for boatswain that I've seen before include "A fully developed bo'sun" , "Merchant ship's petty officer" , "I was not AB (anag) - naval warrant officer" , "One at sea" , "Warrant officer in charge of a ship's crew" .)

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