to divert wind against the lee side of (a sail) from another sail.
to set (a sail) so that the wind is on what would ordinarily be the lee side, as for turning the bow of a boat away from the wind.
to blanket (another sailing vessel) by spilling wind from the sails of one vessel onto the lee side of the sails of the other.
Then the back-wind from the mainsail makes it impossible to keep the mizzen full unless it is sheeted very flat.
On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
adjective See back-assed modifier In a backward or awkward manner: Why would he attempt that in such a backassed way?
backasswards adverb ass backwards
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present). to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present. Historical Examples The widow was no gossip, no backbiter, but a woman of opinions and a nimble tongue undeterred by fear or favor. Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland There is […]
to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present). to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person who is not present. Contemporary Examples A Republican member looks past the current backbiting to the supposed GOP Majority next year. Paul Ryan Breaks Rank John Batchelor September 25, 2010 Caprica will deliver intrigue, […]