Nautical phrases, sayings and terms

Nautical phrases and sayings explained | SailingQuiz

Nautical phrases, sayings and sailing terms with their meaning.

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Have you ever wondered where some of our everyday phrases and sayings come from and what they mean? There are hundreds in common use in UK and around the world and we have been looking high and low to find them and their meaning. Here are 424 of them where we have cracked the sailors jargon for you. Enjoy!

 
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What does "Yard" mean?

Meaning: A spar used to suspend a sail.

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What does "Yardarm" mean?

Meaning: The outer ends of a yard on square rigged sailing ships.

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What does "Yawl" mean?

Meaning: Two masted sailing vessel.

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What does "You are in my black books" mean?

Today it means: Bad behaviour noted, keep an eye on.

Nautical origin of the phrase: You are in my black books

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