To shake the sails

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To shake the sails (Naut) to luff up in the wind, causing the sails to shiver.
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Usage

In literature:

We had been loafing along, till now, our sails shaking half the time and spilling the wind; and twice, for short periods, we had been hove to.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
First of all fall to work and get up the anchor, and then shake out the sails again.
"By England's Aid" by G. A. Henty
An abominable day broke soon after Frank had sailed for home, and a sea got up which threatened to shake the spars out of our smack.
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman
Close in and seen over the tops of the waves were the shaking and slatting sails of a pilot-boat, lying to.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
In all the trials of sailing, we had not been able to shake her off that day.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Yet, a long time passed and there was no sail upon the sea, though the fact failed to shake his faith.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Captain von Kluck took advantage of this change to shake out the reefs in his canvas and to spread more sail.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
As if to help us, the wind fell away as the schooner came up, and she began to shake her sails; making no way as she headed almost due east.
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
Before breakfast all hands were set to shaking out reefs and trimming sails, a task which the tossing of the sloop made unusually difficult.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Seeing Reggie perched half-way up the mast, helping to shake out a sail, Harry tried to scramble up after him, but Hamish ordered him down.
"The Adventure League" by Hilda T. Skae
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