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.

Nearby words

  1. full pitch,
  2. full powered,
  3. full professor,
  4. full radiator,
  5. full rhyme,
  6. full score,
  7. full sentence,
  8. full speed,
  9. full speed ahead,
  10. full stop

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


at top speed

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

with all sails set
Derived Formsfull-sailed, adjective

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