either of two areas in the ocean between 40° and 50° N or S latitude, noted for high winds and rough seas.
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Origin of roaring forties
First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for roaring forties
the Roaring Forties nautical the areas of ocean between 40° and 50° latitude in the S Hemisphere, noted for gale-force winds
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