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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I shall never forget our meeting a ship in full sail one glorious moonlight night.

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

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • It was a man-of-war in full sail, looming up like a mountain.

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

    Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • "We'll be there soon after sunset," said the grizzled helmsman, Jean Touzel, as he glanced from the full sail to the setting sun.

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

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • So living, we may hope to have an abundant entrance, and to enter harbour in full sail, whenever we change earth for heaven.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • It was a representation of a clipper in full sail on a raw green sea.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • It looks like a ship in full sail, and abounds with turtle, fish, and sea-elephants.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • Another salt was fashioned of silver, in form of a swan in full sail.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for full sail

full sail

at top speed
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
with all sails set
Derived Forms
full-sailed, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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