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high sea

the sea or ocean beyond the three-mile limit or territorial waters of a country.
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
before 1100; Middle English; Old English hēah-sǣ
Related forms
high-sea, adjective Unabridged
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  • Our route orders were framed towards a definite point of departure into the high seas when darkness came.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • By then they could hear the high seas breaking on the rocks abeam.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • When he appeared: "I suppose you know that you are guilty of a crime on the high seas?"

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • It's burglary on the high seas, and I'll go fifty miles to see him hanged.'

  • President Madison and his Cabinet did not, however, intend that the war should be waged on the high seas.

British Dictionary definitions for high seas

high seas

plural noun
(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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