Definition of sail close to (or near) the wind in English:

sail close to (or near) the wind


  • 1Sailing
    Sail as nearly against the wind as is consistent with using its force.

  • 2informal Verge on indecency, dishonesty, or disaster.

    • ‘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.’
    run a risk, live dangerously, play with fire, sail close to the wind, risk it
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