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dead slow

adverb, adjective, Nautical.
1.
as slow as possible without losing steerageway.
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  • They've stolen my ship from me, and I can tell by the roll of her she's practically hove to under a dead-slow bell this minute.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne

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