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Term: full and by (adv)
Definition: Making best speed to weather by keeping the sails full; sailing close-hauled but not pinching; that is, born off enough to keep the sails driving. This direction to the helmsman is a compromise since the ship will sail faster, but not as close to the actual course to the destination. Ashore: referring to a favorable compromise.
See Also: close hauled, pinching

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