spanking breeze

1.(Naut.) a strong breeze.
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Out of the Oakland Estuary I drifted on the last of an early morning ebb, caught the first of the flood up bay, and raced along with a spanking breeze.
The doctor vigorously dilated the gas, and the Victoria resumed her flight, driven along by a spanking breeze.
A SPANKING breeze from the Rock Ferry shore made for some excellent competition in the Royal Mersey Yacht Club Regatta.