let drive

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let drive (third-person singular simple present lets drive, present participle letting drive, simple past and past participle let drive)

  1. (obsolete) To aim a blow; to strike with force; to attack; to shoot (an arrow or firearm).
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act II, Scene 4,[1]
      Four rogues in buckram let drive at me—
    • 1658, John Davies (translator), Astrea by Honoré d’Urfé, Part 3, Book I, p. 213,[2]
      [] if ever love had any cause to revenge the wrongs which are done unto him, it is against them they ought to let drive all the arrows of his justice, and make them exemplary unto all such as abuse the name of Lovers.
    • 1687, William Dampier, A New Voyage Round the World, London: James Knapton, Volume I, Chapter 9, p. 253,[3]
      While he was drinking, one of our men snatcht up his Gun, and let drive at him, and kill’d his Horse
    • 1720, William Rufus Chetwood, The Voyages, Dangerous Adventures and Imminent Escapes of Captain Richard Falconer, London: for the author et al., Book III, p. 155,[4]
      They turn’d immediately upon me, and let drive at me several Blows, which had the good Fortune not to hit me []
  2. (obsolete, nautical) To allow (a vessel) to be propelled by the wind, current or tide.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Acts 27:15,[5]
      And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
    • 1625, Nicholas Downton, “Extracts of the Journall of Captaine NICHOLAS DOWNTON” in Samuel Purchas, Purchas His Pilgrimes, London: Henry Fetherstone, Book 4, Chapter 11, Section 3, p. ,[6]
      The Nabob sent Lacandas to informe me, that these supplyes were not for warre, but fild full of combustible matter to fire, and so to be let driue with the tyde vpon our ships in the night []
    • 1683, John Morrison (translator), The Perillous and Most Unhappy Voyages of John Struys, London: Samuel Smith, Chapter 17, p. 207,[7]
      Finding that they left us we consulted which way to steer, and resolved to let drive before the Wind.
    • 1768, Henry Brooke, The Fool of Quality, Dublin: for the author, Volume 3, Chapter 13, p. 169,[8]
      [] he ordered our Boats to be heaved overboard and let drive with the Wind.