golden rivet means: This semi-mythical way of inducting new sailors into the British Navy. (in Community Dictionary, added by Reyna Hopkins)

What else does golden rivet mean?

  • Naval joke played on shipmates to get them searching for the golden rivet within their ships. The term is often confused with the “initiation” of homosexual acts. This is the civilian meaning. However, it’s not used by the Navy. (in Community Dictionary, added by Brynn Mack)
  • A nautical term used to lure a shipmate into the vessel’s bowels for homosexual activity. (in Community Dictionary, added by Anna Miles)