Skipper Petra Kliba

Skipper Petra Kliba

Nautical Term:

aback (adv)


With sails set on the weather side so that they slow the ship, a situation usually caused by inattentive helmsmanship. On occasion a sail is set aback on purpose to manoeuvre the ship. Ashore, the term "taken aback" means surprised by a sudden change of circumstances.

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taken aback (n) three sheets to the wind (n)
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