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    Default Nautical Origens for Everyday Sayings

    This is an interesting article about several common words and phrases in our common speech.

    https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/de...ayings-2540318

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    Nice find Vol. It is a great pity that so many of these sayings and idioms are disappearing from our everyday use here in the UK. Do you still find many of them in the States?

    "You can belay that" is one which springs to mind.
    "Sailing close to the wind" is another.
    To "Toe the line."

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    You can find a few more here as well.
    https://owlcation.com/humanities/50-...d-Our-Language

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    I'm familiar with, have heard and still hear the 11 from post 1. A few from the 2nd list are new to me.

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    Glad to be able to provide a few more that are new to you.
    Two sheets has not cropped up as yet Peter, or has it?
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Three Sheets yes, but I'm just not that accomplished yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    You can find a few more here as well.
    https://owlcation.com/humanities/50-...d-Our-Language

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    The only new one in this list for me is "copper bottomed". All of the rest I have used and heard through out my life.

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    We also have " to nail ones colourst to the mast".
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSheets View Post
    Three Sheets yes, but I'm just not that accomplished yet.
    You had better drop into the Wardroom for a bit more training then Pete.
    We are often three sheets in there.


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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    You had better drop into the Wardroom foe a bit more training then Pete.
    We are often three sheets in there.


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    Hahahaha, yes that is the most used phrase for me!

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