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Compare French faire voile en Levant (“to sail eastward”), figuratively: to flee eastward, literally: set the sail with the Levant, an easterly wind that blows in the western Mediterranean Sea and southern France.
levanter (plural levanters)
- An Easterly wind that blows from the Mediterranean, through the straits of Gibraltar to the Atlantic.
- One who levants, or absconds to avoid paying a debt.
- (wind): Levant