sail close to the wind


: 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.

Examples of sail close to the wind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At moments — or rather, for extended stretches — these vignettes sail close to the wind of sheer tedium, but there is method in the drabness. Giles Harvey, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023

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“Sail close to the wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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