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  • n. A risky maneuver whereby a sail-boat tacks (turns sharply into the wind) by dropping one of the front anchors, the intent being to snag the anchor on the seabed and use the ship's momentum to swing it around faster than could otherwise be accomplished; it is essentially a nautical handbrake turn.
  • v. Present participle of clubhaul.


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  • Hundreds of sailing vessels were saved in other days by the skill of their commanders in carrying out a plan, long since forgotten, called clubhauling off a lee shore.

    Drake Nelson and Napoleon

  • Yet Mr Arnold still keeps away from them; though from what followed it would seem that he could only have done so by some such _tour de force_ as the famous "clubhauling" in _Peter Simple_.

    Matthew Arnold

  • Laymen may agree with experts in thinking the clubhauling of the _Diomède_ in _Peter Simple_, and the two great fights of the _Aurora_ with the elements and with the Russian frigate in _Mr.

    The English Novel


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