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 Ledger-lines,Lee Hatch. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Under the lee of the land. Under the shelter of the cliffs which break the force of the winds. (Anglo-Saxon, hleo, a shelter.)   1
   Under the lee of a ship. On the side opposite to the wind, so that the ship shelters or wards it off.   2
   To lay a ship by the lee, or, in modern nautical phraseology, to heave-to, is to arrange the sails of a ship so that they may lie flat against the masts and shrouds, that the wind may strike the vessel broadside so that she will make little or no headway.   3

 Ledger-lines,Lee Hatch. 


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