One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a ship) begin to move.
- ‘Gradually the two battleships gathered way and proceeded to head down the river abreast of each other.’
- ‘Shortly afterwards she began to move down the bank, bumped, gathered way and then bumped very heavily.’
- ‘Then with a casual twist she pirouetted and now bows-on to the scene of impending carnage, quietly, almost innocently, began to gather way once more.’
- ‘She gathered way quickly, went about like clockwork and stopped when the need arose as if she had power braking.’
- ‘The moment the engine is speeded up the clutch comes in, backward movement is checked and the car gathers way up the hill.’
- ‘The boat slows, stops, and if the lever isn't pushed into neutral, she'll gather way astern.’
- ‘At one time just before she commenced to gather way and draw off we were no more than a hundred yards from that towering cliff of ice which it looked as if our yardarms were going to touch.’
- ‘It bellied in the wind, and the dark wave hissed loud at the keel, as she gathered way over the water.’
- ‘If the Alps were strongly manned, the movement for independence would gather way and the Gallic provinces decide the limits of their dominion at will.’
- ‘The U-boat then gathered way and disappeared into the darkness.’
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