sail close to the wind

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Definition of sail close to the wind

British
: to do something that is dangerous or that may be illegal or dishonest The company was sailing close to the wind, but it's not clear if they were actually breaking the law.

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“Sail close to the wind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sail%20close%20to%20the%20wind. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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