high seas

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high seas (plural only)

  1. (nautical) Parts of the ocean surface that are far from shore.
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52: 
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
  2. (specifically) International waters; parts of the ocean that are not considered to belong to any specific country.


Usage notes[edit]

  • This term most frequently appears in the phrase on the high seas.