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close-hauled

[ klohs-hawld ]
/ ˈkloʊsˈhɔld /
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adjective, adverb Nautical.
as close to the wind as a vessel will sail, with sails as flat as possible; full and by.
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Origin of close-hauled

First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for close-hauled

close-hauled
/ (ˌkləʊsˈhɔːld) /

adjective
nautical with the sails flat, so as to sail as close to the wind as possible
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