lee shore


: a shore lying off a ship's leeward side and constituting a severe danger in storm

Examples of lee shore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Separated in the storm from the rest of the flotilla, the Wager rounded Cape Horn at last but caught on a lee shore in another gale as its captain tumbled through a hatch, an accident that left a fractured bone protruding from his armpit. Carl Hoffman, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023 The Constitution was on a lee shore; neither the sun nor the stars could be seen for many days, and the roar of the breakers sounded in the ears of all men. Henry W. (henry Washington) Hilliard, Harper's magazine, 16 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lee shore was circa 1580

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“Lee shore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lee%20shore. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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