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Flying Dutchman

noun
1.
a legendary Dutch ghost ship supposed to be seen at sea, especially near the Cape of Good Hope.
2.
the captain of this ship, supposed to have been condemned to sail the sea, beating against the wind, until the Day of Judgment.
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  • He looked like a harbinger of tempest, a shipmate of the Flying Dutchman.

  • So here he was, and the Flying Dutchman was not ghostly at all, nor did it fly.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • No wonder the sea is depicted so graphically in his opera "The Flying Dutchman."

  • “The Flying Dutchman of the air,” she thought as a thrill ran up her spine.

    Witches Cove Roy J. Snell
  • It was a ghost of a train, a Flying Dutchman of a train, a nightmare of a train.

  • I felt as if the earth was a sort of Flying Dutchman, and I was the only passenger.

    An Open-Eyed Conspiracy W. D. Howells
  • Mention being made of the Flying Dutchman, the captain laughed.

  • A legend of Vanderdecken, the Flying Dutchman, is believed by seamen.

  • The legend of the Flying Dutchman is, of course, an old one.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • Looks like one of those screaming arias from the 'Flying Dutchman.'

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

noun
1.
(legend)
  1. a phantom ship sighted in bad weather, esp off the Cape of Good Hope
  2. the captain of this ship
2.
a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people
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