Off on another tack and feeling groggy

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some nautical terms I’ve come across which reflect our maritime heritage in everyday language. I still don’t know if other seagoing nations have a similar rich naval vocabulary!

Here is another selection:

  • Down the hatch
  • Edging forward
  • Fathom out
  • Feeling under the weather
  • Fend off
  • Field day
  • First-rate
  • From stem to stern:
  • Full to the gunwales
  • Get underway
  • Give a wide berth
  • Give leeway
  • Give/cut some slack
  • Go by the board
  • Go off on another tack
  • Go overboard:
  • Groggy
  • Ground swell
  • Hand over fist
  • Hard and fast
  • High and dry
  • Hit the deck
  • Hot pursuit
  • In the offing
  • Keel over/keep an even keel
  • Know the ropes
  • Loose cannon
  • Loose ends
  • Main stay
  • On the wrong tack:

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