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Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow were known to use the phrase.

"They've stashed treasure chests about. Take what you can...give nothing back."
Jack Sparrow[src]

"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.[1] It also seemed to be used as a "pirate toast"[2] 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.[3]

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"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[src]

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