It operated a fleet of very old airplanes and had such a woeful safety record that FAA inspectors wanted to ground it.
Long periods of ball-play sapped speed from the Americans, who were relying on fleet counter-attacks to score against the Germans.
Having raised up a Spartan fleet to destroy Athens, they then opened their coffers to Athens and helped it rebuild.
The Italian fleet was caught unawares by British warships, who sunk three cruisers and two destroyers.
At the battle of Salamis, that navy had entrapped and smashed the Persian fleet.
Timmendiquas would keep them to it, and he might also be holding back the fleet.
They were distributed among the captains of the fleet for transportation to Athens.
Johnson was probably in every tavern and coffee-house in fleet Street.
That's what you'd become if you were to stay in fleet Street.
So they said I was in contempt, and they took and put me into the fleet.
Old English fleot "ship, raft, floating vessel," from fleotan "to float" (see fleet (v.)). Sense of "naval force" is pre-1200. The Old English word also meant "creek, inlet, flow of water," especially one into the Thames near Ludgate Hill, which lent its name to Fleet Street (home of newspaper and magazine houses, standing for "the English press" since 1882), Fleet prison, etc.
"swift," 1520s, but probably older than the record; apparently from or cognate with Old Norse fliotr "swift," and from the root of fleet (v.)). Related: Fleetness.
Old English fleotan "to float, drift, flow, swim, sail," later (c.1200) "to flow," from Proto-Germanic *fleut- (cf. Old Frisian fliata, Old Saxon fliotan "to flow," Old High German fliozzan "to float, flow," German flieszen "to flow," Old Norse fliota "to float, flow"), from PIE root *pleu- "to flow, run, swim" (see pluvial).
Meaning "to glide away like a stream, vanish imperceptibly" is from c.1200; hence "to fade, to vanish" (1570s). Related: Fleeted; fleeting.