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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
High Seas.
All the sea which is not the property of a particular country. The sea three miles out belongs to the adjacent coast, and is called mare clausum. High-seas, like high-ways, means for the public use. In both cases the word high means “chief,” “principal.” (Latin, allum, “the main sea;” allus, “high.”)   1

 High Ropes.High Tea (A). 


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