One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Especially among whalers: the towing of a boat by a harpooned whale or shark; an instance of this.
Mid 19th century. From the name of Nantucket + sleigh-ride, with allusion to the former status of the island as a whaling centre.
Nantucket sleigh ride/nanˌtʌkɪt ˈsleɪ rʌɪd/
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