from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To deviate or trend to the leeward of the point to which the head of the ship was before directed; to fall to leeward.
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The women of this silly city of ours went wild over Battaces and his entourage, dazzled at the sight of so much gold and holding their greedy little hands out for any stray pearls or carbuncles which might happen to fall off a beard or a — say no more, Publius Rutilius!
"He laughed," said Patty, "till I thought he was going to fall off his chair, and I looked anxiously around for some water and a call-bell.
Bobs had always belonged to Norah, He had been given to her as a foal, when Norah used to ride a round little black sheltie, as easy to fall off as to mount.
Perhaps at a word from Pellew the Indefatigable's helmsman allowed the ship's head to fall off from the sea a little.