- the ability to adjust one's sense of balance to the motion of a ship at sea: He stumbled about the deck for three days before getting his sea legs.
- the ability to remain free of seasickness.
Origin of sea legs
Examples from the Web for sea legs
He survived that storm, and got his sea-legs on before the next one.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
I like to try my sea-legs on a stretch of thick carpet, occasionally.Joyce's Investments
Fannie E. Newberry
I have been now a seaman for fifteen years, and have never yet found my sea-legs.An Old English Home
Either I've lost my sea-legs or I'm all sea-legs, and nothing else.Shifting Sands
Sara Ware Bassett
Did any provincial woman ever yet find her sea-legs in Paris?Parisians in the Country
Honore de Balzac
- the ability to maintain one's balance on board ship, esp in rough weather
- the ability to resist seasickness, esp in rough weather
To “have one's sea legs” is to be able to walk calmly and steadily on a tossing ship, or to become accustomed to a new or strange situation: “Even though Kimberly just joined the company, she's got her sea legs in a hurry.”
Idioms and Phrases with sea legs
The ability to adjust to a new situation or difficult conditions, as in She's only spoken in public a few times; she hasn't found her sea legs yet. This expression was first recorded in 1712 and then referred to, as it still does, the ability to walk steadily on board ship, especially in rough seas. By the late 1800s it was being transferred to other challenging situations.