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[klohs-hawld] /ˈkloʊsˈhɔld/

adjective, adverb, Nautical.
as close to the wind as a vessel will sail, with sails as flat as possible; full and by.
(nautical) with the sails flat, so as to sail as close to the wind as possible


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