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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Lie-to (To).
To stop the progress of a vessel at sea by reducing the sails and counterbracing the yards; to cease from doing something. A nautical phrase.   1
        “We now ran plump into a fog, and were obliged to lie-to.”—Lord Dufferin.

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