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to the ; onto the :
The schooner was driven ashore.
on the ; on land rather than at sea or on the water:
The captain has been ashore for two hours.
Contemporary Examples

ashore the movie bogs down, but when Spielberg gets his camera out to sea all goes swimmingly.
Jaws’s Anniversary: Newsweek’s 1975 Review Arthur Cooper June 19, 2012

Historical Examples

Two-thirds of her crew are drunk, t’other third are ashore or sick.
Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady

The ships were undermanned, for the sailors, too, had been ashore feasting.
The Trail Book Mary Austin

Bananas had been ashore, drinking some native spirit, and he was drunk.
The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham

I was ashore every day while the squadron remained in the port.
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper

One day when she was ashore with her mates, they turned into a public-house to have dinner.
The Strange Story Book Mrs. Andrew Lang

There was a stir on the island, while we were in the water, but we all got ashore, safe and unseen.
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper

After the ship had gone down, I strained my eyes through the driving spray, to see whether anything was comin’ ashore.
Captain January Laura E. Richards

I was now ashore, with two or three months of drift before me.
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper

Coming down the Cumberland on one trip I was too sick to work, and the boat put me ashore about twenty miles above Clarksville.
Steve P. Holcombe, the Converted Gambler Rev. Gross Alexander

towards or onto land from the water: we swam ashore
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
on land, having come from the water: a day ashore before sailing

1580s, “toward the shore,” from a- (1) + shore (n.). Meaning “on the shore” is from 1630s. Middle English had ashore (late 15c.), but it meant “on a slant,” literally “propped up,” from shore (v.).


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