under weigh

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant form of underway, by association with weigh anchor.

Adverb[edit]

under weigh (not comparable)

  1. Underway.
    • Thackeray
      An expedition was got under weigh from New York.
    • Jowett
      The Athenians [] hurried on board and with considerable difficulty got under weigh.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      But then, the idea was, that his presence was by no means necessary in getting the ship under weigh, and steering her well out to sea.