In the first mad shock not a sail was clewed up, not a jib lowered, not a reef taken in, so much is flight a delirium.
Thar 192 on the bed, clewed up into a knot, lies the rhoomatic party.
When abreast Cuxhaven we clewed up and let go the second bower.
Every sail was clewed up, while the anchors were weighed to prevent our thumping on them.
On the morning of the 17th, then, the sails were clewed up, and the Fram began to roll even worse than with the sails set.
As Dunn would say, his affairs in her were all "clewed up" by her loss.
When fairly abreast of this the canvas was clewed up, and the brig slid into the loch with the way that she had on her.
The sails were all clewed up, and the heaviest of them were furled.
He approached with a strong wind, and clewed up his light sails as if about to anchor, saluting meanwhile.
At last the Céres clewed up her courses, and we did the same, and right glad we were to do it.
"ball of thread or yarn," northern English and Scottish relic of Old English cliewen "sphere, ball, skein, ball of thread or yarn," probably from West Germanic *kleuwin (cf. Old Saxon cleuwin, Dutch kluwen), from Proto-Germanic *kliwjo-, from PIE *gleu- "gather into a mass, conglomerate" (see clay).