One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a sailing vessel) pointed as near as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing while still making headway.
- ‘As every good captain knows, a schooner that's sailing a bit too close to the wind often goes slower and runs the risk of being put about on the wrong tack (sailing in the wrong direction).’
- ‘Bill Davison took a course close to the wind, which paid off on the first race.’
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