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

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More than 30 students and parents from local schools earned their sea legs last Saturday and boarded sailboats, some for the first time. Washington Post, "Take Someone Sailing Day gives newbie sailors nautical skills," 6 July 2019 Biden’s campaign has seemed at time to be struggling to find its sea legs. Philip Elliott, Time, "Joe Biden Keeps Stumbling. The Democratic Pile-On Is Just Getting Started.," 21 June 2019 Cousins found his sea legs on the defensive end and looked downright spry offensively. Michael Shapiro,, "How DeMarcus Cousins Helped Flip the NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 The runway was a feeding frenzy—for Instagram bait, that is—which suggests that the Calvin Klein aquatic theme could find its sea legs as far as beauty is concerned. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Dripping Wet Hair and No-Makeup Makeup Just Set a New Bar for Clean Beauty at Calvin Klein," 12 Sep. 2018 Will Lonnie Walker find his sea legs in the desert? Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "What to watch for as Spurs summer leaguers hit Las Vegas," 6 July 2018 Colbert can challenge his guests when there’s a need; 2018’s Colbert is not the Colbert who regrettably treated then-candidate Donald Trump with kid gloves back in 2015, when his iteration of Late Show was just finding its sea legs. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Avenatti and Scaramucci Peddle Their Unholy Double Act on Late Show," 14 June 2018 Smallpie will have the hand pies that Honeypie has been selling at farmers markets and street fests (the snack wagon will go on hiatus at least for the summer, Lucks said, as the cafe gets its sea legs). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coming soon in Bay View and Walker's Point: Smallpie and Greige, bakeries with drinks," 12 June 2018 This gyroscope, about the size of a large microwave, is keeping the large boat stable—a boon for sailors (like me) who don’t have their sea legs yet. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Seakeeper’s Super Spinning System Keeps Ships Stable at Sea," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of sea legs

1712, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea legs was in 1712

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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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