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  • "...where they lay a-try, perhaps with a kedge out ahead..."

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 275

    A Sea of Words lists this word under L for "lie a-try," also "lie try," "lie by." "In a gale, where the ship could not run before the wind, sufficient canvas was set to keep her head about six points from the wind, coming up and falling off, and maintaining enough way to maintain steerage." (p. 275)

    March 18, 2008