Definition of go to sea in US English:

go to sea


  • 1Set out on a voyage.

    • ‘And fishing is more than just ships going to sea, it's all that happens down the industry all the way to the fish market, putting people out of business there.’
    • ‘Despite going to sea on a boat with no windows, no fantail, no helipad or even a hatch to allow in some tension-breaking fresh salt air, submariners are still Sailors at heart.’
    • ‘It's my desire that when any craft goes to sea, it would be equipped with safety devices,’ the Minister said.’
    • ‘They certainly hooked him on sailing when he was a lad, and he's been going to sea in boats ever since.’
    • ‘According to official statistics, there are about 24 pelagic vessels in Namibia, most of which have not been going to sea in the past three seasons following poor catches.’
    • ‘Our intrepid reporter goes to sea in pursuit of an edible, ethical and sustainable alternative - our native mackerel’
    • ‘It's like the Wise Men of Chelm going to sea with a sieve to collect water.’
    • ‘‘The problem has been, when a ship goes to sea, the crew left behind doesn't have a platform to train on,’ said the Information Systems leading chief petty officer.’
    • ‘Subject to the following provisions of this section, a crew agreement shall be carried in the ship to which it relates whenever the ship goes to sea.’
    • ‘She placed her hand on the pirates shoulder and recalled the words to the prayer her brothers always said before going to sea.’
    • ‘This meets the need for a consistent, repeatable and auditable process to assess the ship's material state before it goes to sea.’
    1. 1.1 Become a sailor in a navy or a merchant navy.
      • ‘Even the people who go to sea and have a really bad time health-wise, say it was a good experience and they are looking forward to going to sea later.’
      • ‘I would recommend both to any person who is interested in going to sea or who will soon be reporting aboard that first Navy ship.’
      • ‘For the next decade, he went to sea on various voyages, the longest being several years.’
      • ‘Women have been going to sea in the RN for 14 years, so the prospect of a female commanding officer of a destroyer or frigate draws ever nearer.’
      • ‘He went to sea as a cabin boy and cook at the age of 9, and from 1880 worked as a fisherman in Cornwall.’
      • ‘Phelps, who first went to sea as a cabin boy in 1816, worked from original journals and logbooks now mostly lost.’
      • ‘And sailors going to sea would take a hot cross bun with them to guard against sickness’
      • ‘She plans to take over parenting responsibility for her daughter while her husband, who has been working ashore, goes to sea next year.’
      • ‘To have a Warrant as opposed to a Commission, as NAM Rodgers tells us, derives from the military and governing classes going to sea and therefore symbolised both a social and professional difference.’
      • ‘This notion has undoubtedly partly arisen because of Doctor Johnson's famous observation that going to sea was akin to being in prison, with the added danger of drowning.’
      • ‘Their travels grew more exciting as they traveled further every day, as they were welcomed on any ship that went to sea.’