strike sail

strike sail

1. To lower the sail on a ship in a show of surrender, salute, or during high winds. Captain, they've struck sail! We've won! Those are gale force winds. Strike sail or we're done for!
2. By extension, to admit that one has been bested. You need to strike sail. You've clearly been beaten and need to move on.
See also: sail, strike
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The silent heart encourages her; O friend, never strike sail to a fear
But, as good seldom or never comes pure and unmixed, without being attended or followed by some disturbing evil that gives a shock to it, our fortune, or perhaps the curses which the Moor had hurled at his daughter (for whatever kind of father they may come from these are always to be dreaded), brought it about that when we were now in mid-sea, and the night about three hours spent, as we were running with all sail set and oars lashed, for the favouring breeze saved us the trouble of using them, we saw by the light of the moon, which shone brilliantly, a square-rigged vessel in full sail close to us, luffing up and standing across our course, and so close that we had to strike sail to avoid running foul of her, while they too put the helm hard up to let us pass.
Foster had the luxury of watching the Gabon international's strike sail harmlessly over.
However, a piece of individual brilliance from Jimmy Swinden saw his sweet strike sail into the top corner giving the Dragons a two goal cushion and they were able to grab a fourth towards the end with a good finish from Richardson.
Inaki Munoz saw a long-range strike sail two yards over and Garcia headed over after his run into the box went unchecked.
when we were now in mid-sea, and the night about three hours spent, as we were running with all sail set and oars lashed, for the favouring breeze saved us the trouble of using them, we saw by the light of the moon, which shone brilliantly, a square-rigged vessel in full sail close to us, luffing up and standing across our course, and so close that we had to strike sail to avoid running foul of her, while they too put the helm hard up to let us pass.
The Stags still had one last chance to nick it, but defender Aidie Moses saw his long-range strike sail high and wide.
The Stags still had a chance to nick it, but defender Aidie Moses saw his long-range strike sail high and wide.
Sharp went for his hat-trick, only to see a late strike sail wide but it did not matter for the hosts, who will join English football's second tier for the first time since 1964.
The raiding wide man forced a good stop from Cullen who was otherwise a spectator and Stephen Shaw was unlucky to see his sweet strike sail harmlessly over.
SPANISH HIGHS: Ramon; Pereira watches his stunning strike sail into the net; ROYAL WYNESS: Hearts hitman Dennis wins the fans' seal of approval as he nods the ball past Derek Stillie
Christian Atsu's stunning strike sails over the wall
REIGN ROONEY: The United hero celebrates in front of his adoring fans Pictures: BRADLEY ORMESHER' MASTER CLASS: Wayne Rooney pulls the trigger' ON ITS WAY: Pompey's Sol Campbell watches helplessly as Rooney's strike sails towards goal' DESPAIR: David James can only stare as Rooney's shot goes over his head' THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Vidic's header appears to cross the line' FLYING HIGH: Thursday's Mirror front page, which prompted Fergie to give Mirrorman David McDonnell his new nickname' ROO WHAT
Lau man: Raith's Ellis is mobbed Mark of champions: Stewart slots home Falkirk's winner That's for you boss: Compton celebrates his scorcher with Pressley Unstoppable: Full-stretch Rovers keeper David McGurn is well beaten as Compton's strike sails in
Roaring sensation: An ecstatic Laryea Kingston celebrates after firing home a superb free-kick to earn Hearts the points; Ryan flair: Wing-back Ryan McCay watches as his stunning 20-yard strike sails past Steve Banks for St Mirren's opener; Debut dream: Hearts striker Gary Glen celebrates his first start for the club by slotting home past Buddies keeper Mark Howard