One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wind of force 7 on the Beaufort scale (28–33 knots or 51–62 km/h).
- ‘Behind by just four points and aided by the near gale, Tooreen were expected to comeback and take the honours but the second half was very disappointing.’
- ‘Cavan won the toss and opted to play with a near gale force wind in their backs in the first half.’
- ‘The weather outside is overcast, with a few flurries, but Chicago is living up to its nickname as the winds are gusting off Lake Michigan at near gale force.’
- ‘Blowing a near gale in favour of Balbriggan in the first half it abated completely shortly after half time.’
- ‘There will be near gale force wind, for a time, from the West-South-West, with a maximum temperature of six degrees Celsius.’
- ‘A cutter and helicopter continued the search but with seas building even higher and near gale force winds out of the northeast, they gave up about 3 p.m.’
- ‘They were almost level under the final three sections under the two giant oak trees that shuddered and shook in the near gale force north east winds.’
- ‘The wind was near gale force so fishing from the boat was out.’
- ‘In near gale force winds scores soared as players had to contend with hard, firm greens in addition to the blustery conditions.’
- ‘Kerry started with a near gale force wind behind them and midfielder Ivan McCarthy put them in front with an early point.’
- ‘They gave a stirring performance right from the throw-in and made full use of the near gale force wind which assisted them in the opening half - at the end of which they enjoyed a six-point advantage.’
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