Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb For the most part; generally.

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  • adverb set phrase, focus mostly, generally; with few exceptions

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  • adverb usually; as a rule

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Earlier, to (the wind) and off it, in one direction and another (said of the manner of handling a sailing vessel) : by, toward + large, with the wind abaft the beam.]

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From sailing: a ship may (or may not) sail well both close by the wind, and large, downwind, with sheets extended.

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  • In all cases or in any case. Originally, this term meant into the wind (by) and with the wind (large).

    December 10, 2007

  • I had no idea this had a nautical origin!

    December 10, 2007