Definition of Nantucket sleigh ride in US English:

Nantucket sleigh ride

noun

US
slang
  • Especially among whalers: the towing of a boat by a harpooned whale or shark; an instance of this.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From the name of Nantucket + sleigh-ride, with allusion to the former status of the island as a whaling centre.

Pronunciation

Nantucket sleigh ride

/nanˌtʌkɪt ˈsleɪ rʌɪd/