sea legs

plural noun

Definition of sea legs

: bodily adjustment to the motion of a ship indicated especially by ability to walk steadily and by freedom from seasickness

Examples of sea legs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hormones are still elevated, and parents haven’t yet gotten their sea legs. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2021 For now though, the group could relax and gain their sea legs. Francesca Street, CNN, 12 May 2021 Officials likely don’t want to put a damper on a recovery that’s just getting its sea legs. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2021 My life as an unemployed entertainer has been a hearty mix of life’s gifts, submission and finding my sea legs. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 Kenley Jansen, only recently getting his sea legs back, would be going three days in a row. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2020 Monte Harrison has made his Major League debut and belted his first big league home run but still is trying to get his sea legs, with a .402 OPS and .111 batting average in 16 games. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2020 Then Craig had to earn his sea legs on a 32-hour ferry ride. National Geographic, 7 July 2020 These machines solved 20-plus variable calculus problems in real-time, constantly, long before digital computers got their sea legs. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 24 May 2020

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First Known Use of sea legs

1712, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Sea legs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sea legs

: the ability to walk steadily and not feel sick while traveling on a boat or ship


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