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.
- 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
Related formssail·a·ble, adjectivesail·less, adjectiveun·sail·a·ble, adjectiveun·sailed, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for set 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 Formssailable, adjectivesailless, adjective
Word Origin for sail
Idioms and Phrases with set sail (1 of 2)
Also, make sail. Begin a voyage on water, as in Dad rented a yacht, and we're about to set sail for the Caribbean, or We'll make sail for the nearest port. These expressions, dating from the early 1500s, originally meant “put the sails in position to catch the wind,” and hence cause the vessel to move.
Idioms and Phrases with set sail (2 of 2)
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