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high sea

noun
1.
the sea or ocean beyond the three-mile limit or territorial waters of a country.
2.
Usually, high seas.
  1. the open, unenclosed waters of any sea or ocean; common highway.
  2. Law. the area within which transactions are subject to court of admiralty jurisdiction.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English; Old English hēah-sǣ
Related forms
high-sea, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for high seas

high seas

plural noun
1.
(sometimes sing) the open seas of the world, outside the jurisdiction of any one nation
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high seas

Open waters of an ocean or sea, beyond the territorial jurisdiction of a country. For example, Commercial fishermen are being forced to go out on the high seas in order to make a living. [ c. 1100 ]
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