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set sail

To embark on a journey on water in a boat (not necessarily one with sails). We're about to set sail, so take care of any unfinished business in the port now or forever hold your peace! We only set sale a month ago, but it feels like we've been at sea for years now.
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set sail

Also, make sail. Begin a voyage on water, as in Dad rented a yacht, and we're about to set sail for the Caribbean, or We'll make sail for the nearest port. These expressions, dating from the early 1500s, originally meant "put the sails in position to catch the wind," and hence cause the vessel to move.
See also: sail, set

set sail

Nautical
To begin a voyage on water.
See also: sail, set
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I just wanted to walk, never mind set sail on a boat - this is going to be absolutely incredible.
It led to him spending months in hospital and rehabilitation as he was taught to walk again with prosthetics but after charity help he is preparing to set sail on a voyage from Gran Canaria.
Meanwhile, a ship carrying 26,000 tons of phosphate set sail from Safaga Harbor heading for Malaysia.
Martin of Tours before the pagoda set sail, Bishop Jose Oliveros of the Malolos Diocese said the annual event should be remembered for its Catholic relevance, and not just as a cultural event, because the pagoda carries the symbol of the death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Members of the public will be able to go on board the historic ship, which set sail on its maiden voyage in 1963.
HUNDREDS of passengers have fallen ill after an outbreak of norovirus on a cruise ship which is due to set sail from Tyneside this month.
The warship has set sail for the east African country of Djibouti, where the Indian Air Force's C-17 transporter planes are waiting to fly them home, it said.
Set sail for relaxation SAIL away with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Braemar's 14-night M1432 'Cape Verde & Canary Islands' V cruise, ex Santa Cruz, Tenerife on December 2, 2014.
Set sail for relaxation SAIL away with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Braemar's 14-night M1432 'Cape Verde & Canary Islands' & Canary Islands' ' cruise, ex Santa Cruz, Tenerife on December 2, 2014.
Taiwan's Central News Agency said that port authorities kept the vessel on which they planned to set sail despite the activists' claim that they planned to go fishing and not to protest at the Senkakus, called Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan.
There is a monument in Southampton at the spot the ships set sail from.
ANKARA , September 22, 2011 (TUR) -- Turkey's energy and natural resources minister said on Thursday that a Turkish oil exploration vessel would set sail towards the Mediterranean on Friday.
The flotilla had been due to set sail last week but was hit by a wave of administrative obstacles which organisers have blamed on political pressure coming from Israel.
The MV Dignite/Al Karama, which left Greek waters early Tuesday, was heading slowly toward Gaza, a spokesman for the French Boat to Gaza campaign told AFP, saying they had not yet given up hope they would be joined by others from the ill-fated Freedom Flotilla which had been due to set sail last week.
The "Dignite al Karama" is so far the only boat in a planned flotilla organized by pro-Palestinian activists to set sail from Greece, after the authorities there blocked other vessels from leaving the Athenian port, Piraeus.