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heave to

To turn a ship into the wind so as to stop forward motion. In this usage, the past tense of "heave" is "hove." We need to heave to with those nasty storm clouds on the horizon!
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heave to

to stop a sailing ship by facing it directly into the wind. The captain gave the order to heave to. The ship hove to and everyone had a swim.
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heave to

v.
To steer a sailing ship directly into the wind so that it stops sailing, especially in order to face a storm or to make repairs: We hove to so that we could change the torn sail.
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References in classic literature ?
Despite the fact that by his manoeuvre the Arangi had been hove to, he knew that windage and sea-driftage would quickly send her away from the swimming puppy.
By Patrick Kelly A RAPID deterioration in weather conditions forced Hove to abandon its Thursday meeting shortly prior to a depleted race 12, which had earlier been reduced to three runners following withdrawals.
Consequently, you're likely to hove three different reporting formats that you hove to reconcile.
When James Nicola saw More Stately Mansions in 1995, he immediately invited van Hove to stage it with American actors at New York Theatre Workshop (where it just completed its run on Oct.
Hove victories for Rayvin Bob and Skywalkershearer edged him in front, and he extended the advantage courtesy of Get On Paris there plus Rayvin Again at Henlow before Childs gave himself hope when Malbay Phanter scored at Hove to reduce the gap to two points.
Leg two (dogs) and Romford all but sealed the pounds 3,000 divisional title when Dave Mullins' PITTSBURGH GLORY cut loose to make all and extend their lead over Hove to 23.
Crayford became the first track outside the Coral duo to win a race in this division when Paul Tompsett's Crossfield Nina took the Stayers' race, condemning Hove to just seven points from this heat.