clew up

  1. (adverb) nautical to furl (a square sail) by gathering its clews up to the yard by means of clew lines

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How to use clew up in a sentence

  • Not a moment was to be lost, so I gave orders to clew up all our canvas and to let go the best bow anchor.

    Hurricane Hurry | W.H.G. Kingston
  • Raise main tack and sheet; man the main clew-garnets, buntlines, and leech-lines; clew up cheerily, lads!

    A Middy of the King | Harry Collingwood
  • In the night we had a heavy squall which obliged us to clew up all our sails and soon after it fell calm.

  • "If she had any hands aboard, you'd think they'd have sense enough to clew up her courses," the mate answered.

    Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
  • Their next task was to haul down the smaller staysails, then to clew up and furl royals and topgallantsails.

    The Voyage of the Aurora | Harry Collingwood