verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to go vigorously into action; begin to act; attack.
- to attack verbally: He would sail into his staff when work was going badly.
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Idioms for sail
- to set the sail or sails of a boat or increase the amount of sail already set.
- to set out on a voyage: Make sail for the Leeward Islands.
Origin of sail
OTHER WORDS FROM sailsail·a·ble, adjectivesailless, adjectiveun·sail·a·ble, adjectiveun·sailed, adjective
Words nearby sail
Example sentences from the Web for sail
Aspiring doctors have the wind taken out of their sails in a tough organic chemistry class.
A small gap exists between neurons, so to get to the other side, the electrical signals generally need to be converted into little bubble ships, packed with chemicals, and set sail to the other neuronal shore.Scientists Used Dopamine to Seamlessly Merge Artificial and Biological Neurons|Shelly Fan|June 23, 2020|Singularity Hub
Just like your sailboat’s not going anywhere fast without a sail, your content isn’t going to help you reach your goals if people can’t find it.
Content marketing and SEO are like a sailboat and its sail, they need each other.
On the other hand, a frigate originally referred to any kind of warship with sails, built for speed and maneuverability, and as such tended to have a smaller size than the main warship.Know Your Historical Warships: From 7th Century BC – 17th Century AD|Dattatreya Mandal|April 4, 2020|Realm of History
Some refugees wait for days on the ships before setting sail.
They get $8 million to dredge the channel for pleasure boats to sail to Catalina Island.
Then they set sail for open water, where they were assured someone would rescue them.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On August 22, some 88 ships set sail for the southern point of Brooklyn allowing more than 22,000 troops to begin their attack.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Let them that sail on the sea, tell the dangers thereof: and when we hear with our ears, we shall admire.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
As it came near, it proved to be the clock, with a sail hoisted, and the Goblin sitting complacently in the stern.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
That argument was not the one of least weight in the council in determining that our fleet should not sail against the enemy.
Accordingly, as soon as they saw our Priests they refused outright to let the ship sail if the Jesuits were to embark in it.
British Dictionary definitions for sail
- to run up the sail or to run up more sail
- to begin a voyage
- to embark on a voyage by ship
- to hoist sail
- with sail hoisted
- under way
verb (mainly intr)
- to begin (something) with vigour
- to make an attack (on) violently with words or physical force
Derived forms of sailsailable, adjectivesailless, adjective
Word Origin for sail
Idioms and Phrases with sail
In addition to the idioms beginning with sail
- sail close to the wind
- sail into
- sail through
- sail under false colors
- (sail under) false colors
- plain sailing
- set sail
- smooth sailing
- take the wind out of one's sails
- trim one's sails