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

Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of close-hauled was in 1769

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Cite this Entry

“Close-hauled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close-hauled. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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