sail up the/a/(some) river

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sail up the/a/(some) river

To travel in a boat, especially a sailboat, upstream through a river. I managed to sail up the river by constantly adjusting my position in relation to the current and the wind. The navy vessels sailed up the River Thames as part of the Remembrance Day festivities.
See also: river, sail, up
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sail up a river

to travel upstream on a river in a boat or ship. We sailed up the Amazon River in a large, seagoing ship. It was not possible to sail up the Mississippi as far as we wanted.
See also: river, sail, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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We sailed up the river and did not see or hear anything thatwas happening on the PierHead.Norah Jones was playing on the very tinny tannoy, would it have been toomuch trouble to put local radio on?
We sailed up the river, watched the fireworks and then sailed back to the PierHead, spending less time on the ferry than if you take a ferry trip.All this cost pounds 10 each.
We sailed up the river and did not see or hear anything that was happening on the Pier Head.
We sailed up the river, watched the fireworks and then sailed back to the Pier Head, spending less time on the ferry than if you take a ferry trip.
As the ships departed and the crowds moved from the banks of the river to return the city to normalcy, a single, small boat sailed up the river, past the BALTIC arts center and through the Millennium Bridge, specially raised for the occasion.
We sailed up the river. I remember we passed the ship HMS Conway, which was berthed in the river.