Term used in the Age of Sail Navy: To be bent over the breach of a cannon and caned for an infraction of the law with as much respect and privacy that could be found on the gun deck in a man of war. This was reserved for midshipmen who would one day become officers and were above being flogged in public on the open deck. very much like the school boy who is caned by the schoolmaster in private. Serious trouble that will soon pass. Receiving minor discipline that may be momentarily a pain in the ass.
" that guy Bill in accounting has screwed up the payroll again. The boss will have him kiss the gunners daughter for that one."
by Pete Bingham March 14, 2007