ash2 n EDD ~ sb1 2 (6) for sense 2 (b).
1 Phr get/take ashes: to attend Ash Wednesday service
in which ashes are marked on the forehead of the communicant by the priest (P 245-77).
2 Comb ash-cat: (a) member of ship's gang which hauls
ashes from the boiler-room and dumps them overboard (1925 Dial Notes v, 325); also
attrib; (b) one who hugs the fireside.
1922 Sat Ev Post
195, 2 Sep, p. 123 [He was) emptying ashes overside as a member of the ash-cat gang.
1924 ENGLAND 137 Coal pounds on deck kept everything a black muck. Ashes blew everywhere,
as the ash-cat gang tipped their long steel buckets over the red rail and pitched ashes
hissing out on ice. C 75-137 An ash-cat is a person who is always cold; when outdoors he
wears a lot of clothes and when inside sits by the stove.