[PW] nautical expression for gaining an advantage

Ellen Krupar kellen at vt.edu
Wed Feb 14 08:28:57 PST 2018


If you wanted to combine the two, you could use "windward":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windward_and_leeward

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:25 AM, Petter Naess <petter at gmail.com> wrote:

> Many thanks! This is for a speech in honor of an admiral, who would
> appreciate "having the weather gauge," but I think it will be too obscure
> for the audience of landlubbers (and non-native English speakers).
> However, you've put me on the right track - "upwind" will work perfectly
> when I add some context, very helpful! Thank you!
> Best,
> Petter Næss
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 4:59 PM, John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
>
> > I think you might want "having the weather ga(u)ge".  In the days of
> > fighting sail, this referred to being upwind of an opponent, which meant
> > you could reach him but he could not (easily) reach you, tacking with
> > square sails being difficult.  The term is archaic except among
> historical
> > novelists and enthusiasts; the concept is still relevant in racing, but
> not
> > usually called by that name.
> >
> > See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_gage for details.
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 10:53 AM, Petter Naess <petter at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > I'm looking urgently for a nautical expression that could mean "get a
> > head
> > > start on" "get a leg up on" or some other expression that conveys
> > obtaining
> > > an advantage over a competitor or opponent. I need this within the next
> > 12
> > > hours or so, and have consulted several lists of nautical expressions,
> > but
> > > nothing so far...any sailors out there who might have a suggestion?
> > Thanks!
> > >
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