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adv. & adj. Nautical
With sails pulled in toward the centerline of the vessel for sailing as close to the wind as possible.
(Nautical Terms) nautical with the sails flat, so as to sail as close to the wind as possible
as close to the wind as a vessel will sail, with sails as flat as possible.
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|Adj.||1.||close-hauled - having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible|
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"