Definition of set sail in English:

set sail


  • 1Hoist the sails of a boat.

    • ‘The creaking of the heavy canvas above her as the crew began to set sail brought her back to the present with a jump.’
    • ‘We were waiting to pull up the anchor and, preparing to set sail, hoping to find land once again.’
    • ‘First, we should have checked the boat over closely before setting sail.’
    • ‘Your foot isn't in a pail, you didn't forget to set sail; we aren't even on a boat, and you don't eat like a whale.’
    • ‘The sky looked gray and stormy as the company loaded the ship and they began to set sail.’
    1. 1.1 Begin a voyage.
      ‘tomorrow we set sail for France’
      • ‘But as word got round, the modest flotilla grew into an armada that will set sail from Holyhead tomorrow morning.’
      • ‘In 1958, they set sail with the intention of sailing around the world, writing articles as they went.’
      • ‘The world's last ocean-going paddle steamer set sail again just hours after it was feared her hull had been damaged off the Mull of Kintrye.’
      • ‘The Jews of Spain were expelled from their country in 1492, the year Christopher Columbus set sail.’
      • ‘With great difficulty, we pulled up the anchor and set sail towards the sea.’
      • ‘The book ends where most others would begin, as the forces set sail for Troy.’
      • ‘In a moment, the ship set sail on its return voyage, fading into the glints of sunlight reflecting of the salty bay with a mission to return next summer.’
      • ‘Several passengers left the boat before it set sail, so concerned were they about its instability.’
      • ‘You are about to set sail on a voyage that is very exciting and full of adventure.’
      • ‘A ship is anchored and ready to set sail for England on my command.’
      set sail, put to sea, put out, put out to sea, leave port, leave dock, leave harbour, hoist sail, raise sail, weigh anchor, put off, shove off
      attribute, put down, ascribe, assign, chalk up
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