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The distance a ship is set down to leeward of its course by the action of wind or tide. A vessel can make a lot of leeway if a strong cross tide is running or if its keel is not long enough or deep enough to hold it up to the wind. The word also has a colloquial meaning as having fallen behind in something: ‘he has a lot of leeway to catch up’ to reach the required position or standard.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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