One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sail as nearly against the wind as is consistent with using its force.
2informal Verge on indecency, dishonesty, or disaster.
run a risk, live dangerously, play with fire, sail close to the wind, risk itView synonyms
- ‘People were invited and encouraged to sail close to the winds of slander as the show and the presenter sought out audience share.’
- ‘Some of the singing was a little weak and difficult to hear in parts and there were perhaps a few too many gags, one in particular sailing a little close to the wind.’
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