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An adjective and a verb with various nautical meanings, generally indicative of something wrong or difficult. When used as an adjective a foul hawse is the expression used when a ship lying to two anchors gets its cables crossed; a foul wind is one which, being too much ahead, prevents a sailing ship from laying its desired course. When used as a verb it indicates much the same thing. One vessel can foul another when it drifts down on it, or can foul a ship's hawse by letting go an anchor and cable across that of the other. In a yacht race, a yacht can foul another competitor by touching or hindering her.

See also foul anchor; fouling.

See also foul anchor; fouling.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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