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- "They've stashed treasure chests about. Take what you can...give nothing back."
- ―Jack Sparrow
"Take what you can, give nothing back" was a phrase used when pulling a ship into a dock, meaning to pull in as much slack as you can and don't let it go. It also seemed to be used as a "pirate toast" or to wish luck or good will, generally when individuals parted ways or the object of the expression was facing some sort of imminent challenge.
Behind the scenes
- "The toast they do here came from the crew of the Lady Washington. When they're pulling into a dock, 'Take what you can, give nothing back' means pull in as much slack as you can and don't let it go. So it's an actual nautical reference that was a perfect pirate toast."
- ―Ted Elliott
- The phrase originally came from the crew of the Lady Washington. Having learned this, as an actual nautical reference, it became a toast used for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
- In Pirates of the Caribbean Online, the phrase could be heard while players attack ships.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End