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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a wind from one side; hence, an indirect attack, or indirect means.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wind blowing laterally or toward the side of anything, at any angle; nautical, specifically, a wind blowing on one side so that a ship may lay her course. Also called beam-wind.
  • n. Figuratively, an indirect. influence or agency; an oblique method or means.

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