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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 of high sea
1100
before 1100; Middle English; Old English hēah-sǣ
Related forms
high-sea, adjective
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  • Strong gales from east-south-east to south-south-east, a high sea, and dark dismal night.

  • The sea is said to be "on" when boisterous; as, there is a high sea on.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The weather was now unfavourable again, blowing strong from the westward with a high sea.

  • In this twisted manner did the story of high sea navigation reach him.

    Wang the Ninth Putnam Weale
  • She has the quality of the open sky, of the flight of birds, of deep tangled places, she has the quality of the high sea.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • As soon as I saw her she had me lashed to the mast in a high sea, with the great salt waves dashing over me.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Did it mean that they were in touch with the high sea Fleet?

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • I was afraid our masts showed to seaward and might betray us to some curious passer on the high sea.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • He wore a faded velveteen jacket, a red-flannel shirt, and high sea boots, coming half-way up his thighs.

  • Do you realise how dismal a thing it is for us to be separated from our own by a high sea all these months and years?

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