sea fret

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sea fret (plural sea frets)

  1. (Britain) A fog that comes from the sea.
    • 1959 April, “Motive Power Miscellany: North Eastern Region”, in Trains Illustrated, page 224:
      An extraordinary combination of mist and sea fret made the rails of the Scarborough-Whitby line so greasy on January 19 that the service came virtually to a standstill; [...]
    • 1993, John Banville, Ghosts:
      A sea-fret had blurred the far dunes and clouds of wood-smoke were piling up from the horizon, and as we watched, two thick, butter-coloured pillars of sunlight stepped slowly over the far, unmoving waves; sometimes even Dame Nature overdoes her effects.
    • 2007, Pat Barker, Border Crossing: A Novel:
      When, finally, he left the pub, he discovered that a sea fret had blown in across the island, and the sand dunes were half hidden in drifting veils of vapour.