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 for Fore and aft
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fore \Fore\, adv. [AS. fore, adv. & prep., another form of for.
     See For, and cf. Former, Foremost.]
     1. In the part that precedes or goes first; -- opposed to
        aft, after, back, behind, etc.
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     2. Formerly; previously; afore. [Obs. or Colloq.]
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              The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are. --Shak.
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     3. (Naut.) In or towards the bows of a ship.
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     Fore and aft (Naut.), from stem to stern; lengthwise of the
        vessel; -- in distinction from athwart. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
     Fore-and-aft rigged (Naut.), not rigged with square sails
        attached to yards, but with sails bent to gaffs or set on
        stays in the midship line of the vessel. See Schooner,
        Sloop, Cutter.
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