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.
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- full pitch,
- full powered,
- full professor,
- full radiator,
- full rhyme,
- full score,
- full sentence,
- full speed,
- full speed ahead,
- full stop
Origin of full sail
First recorded in 1585–95
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at top speed
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
with all sails set
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