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sea legs

noun
1.
the ability to adjust one's sense of balance to the motion of a ship at sea:
He stumbled about the deck for three days before getting his sea legs.
2.
the ability to remain free of seasickness.
3.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15
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Examples from the web for sea legs
  • But she added that all the creatures eventually managed to get their sea legs.
  • These may be rookie mistakes of an administration that has not found its sea legs.
  • Sit back and relax or ask to take a turn at the helm once you have your sea legs.
  • Choose a catamaran or trimaran for your day-sailing experience if you are unsure of your party's sea legs.
British Dictionary definitions for sea legs

sea legs

plural noun (informal)
1.
the ability to maintain one's balance on board ship, esp in rough weather
2.
the ability to resist seasickness, esp in rough weather
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sea legs in Culture

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To “have one's sea legs” is to be able to walk calmly and steadily on a tossing ship, or to become accustomed to a new or strange situation: “Even though Kimberly just joined the company, she's got her sea legs in a hurry.”

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Idioms and Phrases with sea legs

sea legs

The ability to adjust to a new situation or difficult conditions, as in She's only spoken in public a few times; she hasn't found her sea legs yet. This expression was first recorded in 1712 and then referred to, as it still does, the ability to walk steadily on board ship, especially in rough seas. By the late 1800s it was being transferred to other challenging situations.
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