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From gang (“way, path, course of travel”) + plank (“board”)
From gang way (obsolete and dialectal)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
When he crossed the gangplank to board the steamer, his gaze was skeptical and his pen ascerbic.
The redcoats were cut down and their bodies fell into the dismal swamp on either side of the narrow gangplank.
The gangplank was hoisted on a post and fitted with an iron spike which would embed itself in the deck of an enemy vessel.
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