broach to

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Verb[edit]

broach to

  1. (nautical) To incline suddenly to windward, so as to lay the sails aback, and expose the vessel to the danger of oversetting.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for broach to in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)