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full sail

all the sails of a vessel:
All three ships had full sail set.
with all sails set:
The ship was moving ahead full sail.
rapidly; forcefully:
He proceeded full sail despite our objections.
Origin of full sail
First recorded in 1585-95
Related forms
full-sailed, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Carmichael was still inspired, and was, indeed, now in full sail.

  • "It's just what we need to carry the dinner off full sail," she added earnestly.

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  • There came a gallant merchant-ship, full sail to Plymouth Bay.

  • This appears to be an enormous ship in full sail upon the sea.

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  • After this he set aside the donkey and cart in favour of the ship in full sail.

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    Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • The four-poster once more took on its likeness to a ship in full sail.

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  • The picture was of a blue ship in full sail on a blue ocean.

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  • It was a man-of-war in full sail, looming up like a mountain.

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  • From one of these they perceived seven vessels in full sail bearing to the fleet.

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  • With a fair wind for the Point of Ayr, full sail was stretched.

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British Dictionary definitions for full sail

full sail

at top speed
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
with all sails set
Derived Forms
full-sailed, adjective
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