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.
    • 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.
    • 1859, W. M Thackeray, The Virginians: a Tale of the Last Century[1], B. Tauchnitz:
      After one of those delays which always were happening to retard our plans and weaken the blows which our chiefs intended to deliver, an expedition was got under weigh from New York at the close of the month of September...
    • 1883, Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides[2], Boston, D. Lothrop:
      Suddenly the Syracusans manned their ships and again bore down upon them; the Athenians, in great disorder and most of them fasting, hurried on board, and with considerable difficulty got under weigh.
    • 1883, James Nasmyth, James Nasmyth, Engineer: An Autobiography[3], Harper & Brothers:
      I was reluctant to tear myself away from Pisa; but the Ercolano could not wait, and I was back in good time, and soon under weigh...
      ...His duty was to carry me to the next post-house, and there leave me to be carried forward by another similar conveyance. But the pony No.2 was about a mile off, occupied in drawing a plough, so that I had to wait until the job was over. In about an hour or so I was again under weigh.