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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Never before have two naval forces of such magnitude as the British and German high-sea fleets engaged in combat.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell

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