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full sail

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  1. all the sails of a vessel: All three ships had full sail set.
  1. with all sails set: The ship was moving ahead full sail.
  2. rapidly; forcefully: He proceeded full sail despite our objections.

Origin of full sail

First recorded in 1585–95
Related formsfull-sailed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for full sail

full sail

  1. at top speed
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. with all sails set
Derived Formsfull-sailed, adjective
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