sea-legs

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.

Origin:
1705–15

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sea legs
 
pl n
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 definition


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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