One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Break or topple the mast or masts of (a ship)‘a dismasted ship wallowing in stormy seas’
- ‘An eight-metre yacht is due to arrive here today after it was dismasted and almost capsized in gale-force winds along the Wild Coast late on Tuesday night.’
- ‘Yes, I have heard something curious on that score, sir; how that a dismasted man never entirely loses the feeling of his old spar, but it will still be pricking him at times.’
- ‘He succeeded brilliantly but at the cost of reducing his flagship to a dismasted wreck.’
- ‘In the past month alone, the Dunmore East lifeboat crew had travelled 48 miles south east of the harbour to the rescue of a dismasted French yacht and brought it ashore.’
- ‘The race began with light winds, but things got dicey the next day as a northeaster raged through the fleet in the Bay of Fundy with winds up to 40 knots, and six boats dismasted.’
- ‘The boat was dismasted, the engine and electronic equipment didn't work, and the cabin was partially flooded.’
- ‘Some ships were dismasted and used as prison or storage hulks.’
- ‘Only one of the crewmen survived; the couple on the dismasted sailboat was rescued by helicopter.’
- ‘Another yacht was dismasted off the The Needles and was towed into Poole by the Swanage lifeboat.’
- ‘The two first class stamps show Nelson wounded and the British ships, the cutter Entreprenante and Belleisle, which was left dismasted.’
- ‘Last year, the same boat was dismasted during the race.’
- ‘It had been forced to run before another violent storm until, dismasted and rudderless, it too had struck the huge rock at the mouth of Farnescombe Bay.’
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