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    The meaning of "bring the ship about"

    What is the meaning of "brought the ship about" in the following sentence .

    He brought the ship about .

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    Re: The meaning of "bring the ship about"

    It's a nautical term meaning 'He turned the ship round to face in the opposite direction', or 'He turned the ship through 180 degrees,' or 'He did a U-turn'.

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    Re: The meaning of "bring the ship about"

    Hardy a U-turn. When a sailing boat is sailing with a direction that is at 180 degrees to the wind, it 'tacks' so as to zig-zag in a way that is ultimately against the wind. At the end of each of these zigs or zags it 'goes about'.

    The word 'tack' has given rise to a metaphor that you may have met: to 'take a different tack' is to change the direction of an argument, but with the same ultimate objective.

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    (I imagine Rover knows this, and certainly 5jj does - as I believe he has sailed more than I have.)

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