close-hauled

adjective
\ ˈklōs-ˈhȯld How to pronounce close-hauled (audio) \

Definition of close-hauled

: having the sails set for sailing as nearly against the wind as the vessel will go

First Known Use of close-hauled

1769, in the meaning defined above

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“Close-hauled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close-hauled. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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