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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The weather-gauge. The part of a vessel towards the wind. A sailing close to the wind. (Dutch, loef, a weather-gauge.)   1
   To luff is to turn the head of a ship towards the wind.   2
   Luff!i.e. Put the tiller on the leeside. This is done to make the ship sail nearer the wind.   3
   Luff round! Throw the ship’s head right into the wind.   4
   Luff a-lee! Same as luff round.   5
   A ship is said to spring her luff when she yields to the helm by sailing nearer the wind.   6
   Keep the luff. The wind side.   7



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