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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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 If there’s ever been a time to get your sea legs, this may just be your motivation. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Now, There's a Spa Cruise for Diehard Beauty Addicts," 19 May 2018 After a triumphant first day on the water, the 2,700 fans on board the Norwegian Jade are starting to get their sea legs. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Parahoy! Cruise Day 4 Recap: Paramore Gets Personal in Live Q&A, Judah & the Lion Talk New Music," 10 Apr. 2018 Grab your life-jackets and your goggles (beer or otherwise) and head to these 14 booze cruises to work on your sea legs while getting raucously drunk. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get yourself on a boat: The best booze cruises in Chicago," 8 June 2017 One more short-area option might also help Carson Wentz get his sea legs back. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft: Mystery still remains throughout 2018 first round," 25 Apr. 2018

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1712, in the meaning defined above

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sea legs

noun

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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