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wing and wing

adverb, Nautical
with a sail extended on each side, as with the foresail out on one side and the mainsail out on the other.
Origin of wing and wing
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Wonder, wing-and-wing, was headed directly in for the anchorage.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • In a couple of hours we were entering the bay, and running "wing-and-wing."

  • The wind was pretty fresh from the westward, and he went off wing-and-wing before it.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • In "wing-and-wing" the hero had been discarded because he was a thorough infidel.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury
  • Still, when last seen, she was wing-and-wing, flying rather than sailing down toward their own track.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • "wing-and-wing" was published at twenty-five cents a volume.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury
  • In "wing-and-wing," which followed it, the fortune of a French privateer is told.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury
  • It was the only vestige that was ever found of the wing-and-wing.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for wing-and-wing

wing and wing

with sails extended on both sides by booms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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