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Flying Dutchman

a legendary Dutch ghost ship supposed to be seen at sea, especially near the Cape of Good Hope.
the captain of this ship, supposed to have been condemned to sail the sea, beating against the wind, until the Day of Judgment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Blessed, if I don't think she's the Flying Dutchman," said one blue jacket to another.

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

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Like that of "The Flying Dutchman" it is the story of the whole opera told in music.

  • He had read Heine's version of the legend of the Flying Dutchman, and questioned the sailors, who told him many similar yarns.

  • He looked like a harbinger of tempest—a shipmate of the Flying Dutchman.

    Twice Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The conductor stirs it up more and more, until he brings to the top that awful curse-theme of the Flying Dutchman.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • Looks like one of those screaming arias from the 'Flying Dutchman.'

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Already we hear far away beneath the tremolos, soft but distinct, the curse-theme of the Flying Dutchman.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • I had heard only "The Flying Dutchman," but considered it a most beautiful work, and was eager to meet the composer.

  • The sign of the cross arouses another mocking laugh from the crew of the Flying Dutchman.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
British Dictionary definitions for Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

  1. a phantom ship sighted in bad weather, esp off the Cape of Good Hope
  2. the captain of this ship
a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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